Synopses & Reviews
The Cultural Front charts the extraordinary upsurge of cultural activity and theory in America that began during the Great Depression and embraced Disney animators and proletarian novelists alike, alongside Orson Welles, Duke Ellington, John Dos Passos, C. L. R James and Billie Holiday. Spawned by the Popular Front of the Communist Party, it grew to encompass virtually every aspect of high and popular art in the US, instigating one of the most culturally rich and exciting periods in American history.
"Denning appears to have read, heard and seen it all." Adam Shatz
A panoramic history of the culture of Depression-era America and the Popular Front.
The breadth of his study is stunning ' Denning has produced a work that will sit alongside Warren Susman"s Culture as Historyas the deepest contemplation of Depression-era popular (and high) culture.A truly wonderful piece of history.As fresh a synthesis of the distinctive culture of the 1930s and 1940s as you are likely to find anywhere.An immense achievement ' the most important book yet written on American culture in the age of the CIO.
About the Author
Michael Denning teaches American Studies at Yale University. He is the author of Mechanic Accents, Cover Stories, Culture in the Age of Three Worlds, and The Cultural Front.