Christopher Hitchens and His Critics

Christopher Hitchens and His Critics

Brings together Hitchens' most incisive reflections on the 'war on terror', the war in Iraq and the state of the contemporary left.

Author: Simon Cottee

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814716865

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 365

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Christopher Hitchens—political journalist, cultural critic, public intellectual and self-described contrarian—is one of the most controversial and prolific writers of his generation. His most recent book, God Is Not Great, was on the New York Times bestseller list in 2007 for months. Like his hero, George Orwell, Hitchens is a tireless opponent of all forms of cruelty, ideological dogma, religious superstition and intellectual obfuscation. Once a socialist, he now refers to himself as an unaffiliated radical. As a thinker, Hitchens is perhaps best viewed as post-ideological, in that his intellectual sources and solidarities are strikingly various (he is an admirer of both Leon Trotsky and Kingsley Amis) and cannot be located easily at any one point on the ideological spectrum. Since leaving Britain for the United States in 1981, Hitchens's thinking has moved in what some see as contradictory directions, but he remains an unapologetic and passionate defender of the Enlightenment values of secularism, democracy, free expression, and scientific inquiry. The global turmoil of the recent past has provoked intense dispute and division among intellectuals, academics, and other commentators. Hitchens's writing during this time, particularly after 9/11, is an essential reference point for understanding the genesis and meaning of that turmoil—and the challenges that accompany it. This volume brings together Hitchens's most incisive reflections on the war on terror, the war in Iraq, and the state of the contemporary Left. It also includes a selection of critical commentaries on his work from his former leftist comrades, a set of exchanges between Hitchens and various left-leaning interlocutors (such as Studs Terkel, Norman Finkelstein, and Michael Kazin), and an introductory essay by the editors on the nature and significance of Hitchens's contribution to the world of ideas and public debate. In response, Hitchens provides an original afterword, written for this collection. Whatever readers might think about Hitchens, he remains an intellectual force to be reckoned with. And there is no better place to encounter his current thinking than in this provocative volume.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Radicals

Radicals

40 Hitch-22, p. 5. 41 Again, I am indebted to Peter Collier for this observation. 42
“An Interview with Christopher Hitchens in Simon Cottee and Thomas Cushman,
eds. Christopher Hitchens and His Critics (New York University Press, 2008), p.

Author: David Horowitz

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781621570066

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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Radical liberals want to make America a better place, but their utopian social engineering leads, ironically, to greater human suffering. So argues David Horowitz, bestselling author in his newest book Radicals: Portraits of a Destructive Passion. From Karl Marx to Barack Obama, Horowitz shows how the idealistic impulse to make the world “a better place” gives birth to the twin cultural pathologies of cynicism and nihilism, and is the chief source of human suffering. A former liberal himself, Horowitz recounts his own brushes with radicalism and offers unparalleled insight into the disjointed ideology of liberal elites through case studies of well-known radial leftists, including Christopher Hitchens, feminist Bettina Aptheker , leftist academic Cornel West, and more. Exploring the origin and evolution of radical liberals and their progressive ideology, Radicals illustrates how liberalism is not only intellectually crippling for its adherents, but devastating to society.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies

The Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies

'Introduction: Terror, Iraq, and the Left', in S. Cottee and T. Cushman (eds),
Christopher Hitchens and his Critics: Terror, Iraq and the Left. New York: New
York University Press. Dabashi, Hamid (2006). 'Native Informers and the ...

Author: Graham Huggan

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191662416

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 752

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The Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies provides a comprehensive overview of the latest scholarship in postcolonial studies, while also considering possible future developments in the field. Original chapters written by a worldwide team of contritbuors are organised into five cross-referenced sections, 'The Imperial Past', 'The Colonial Present', 'Theory and Practice', 'Across the Disciplines', and 'Across the World'. The chapters offer both country-specific and comparative approaches to current issues, offering a wide range of new and interesting perspectives. The Handbook reflects the increasingly multidisciplinary nature of postcolonial studies and reiterates its continuing relevance to the study of both the colonial past, in its multiple manifestations, and the contemporary globalized world. Taken together, these essays, the dialogues they pursue, and the editorial comments that surround them constitute nothing less than a blueprint for the future of a much-contested but intellectually vibrant and politically engaged field.
Categories: Literary Collections

The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

Mick Brown, “Godless in Tumourville: Christopher Hitchens Interview,” Telegraph,
last modified March 25, 2011, ... of those reactions from the Left, see Simon
Cottee and Thomas Cushman, Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq,
 ...

Author: Larry Alex Taunton

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 9780718022181

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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2016 Winner of the Gospel Coalition Book Awards At the time of his death, Christopher Hitchens was the most notorious atheist in the world. And yet, all was not as it seemed. “Nobody is not a divided self, of course,” he once told an interviewer, “but I think it’s rather strong in my case.” Hitchens was a man of many contradictions: a Marxist in youth who longed for acceptance among the social elites; a peacenik who revered the military; a champion of the Left who was nonetheless pro-life, pro-war-on-terror, and after 9/11 something of a neocon; and while he railed against God on stage, he maintained meaningful—though largely hidden from public view—friendships with evangelical Christians like Francis Collins, Douglas Wilson, and the author Larry Alex Taunton. In The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, Taunton offers a very personal perspective of one of our most interesting and most misunderstood public figures. Writing with genuine compassion and without compromise, Taunton traces Hitchens’s spiritual and intellectual development from his decision as a teenager to reject belief in God to his rise to prominence as one of the so-called “Four Horsemen” of the New Atheism. While Hitchens was, in the minds of many Christians, Public Enemy Number One, away from the lights and the cameras a warm friendship flourished between Hitchens and the author; a friendship that culminated in not one, but two lengthy road trips where, after Hitchens’s diagnosis of esophageal cancer, they studied the Bible together. The Faith of Christopher Hitchens gives us a candid glimpse into the inner life of this intriguing, sometimes maddening, and unexpectedly vulnerable man. “If everyone in the United States had the same qualities of loyalty and care and concern for others that Larry Taunton had, we'd be living in a much better society than we do.” ~ Christopher Hitchens
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Oxford Handbook of Atheism

The Oxford Handbook of Atheism

Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion—A Darwinian Criticism of Religion The
British ethologist and evolutionary biologist ... and literary critic Christopher
Hitchens (1949–2011) was a renowned public intellectual in the United Kingdom
and the ...

Author: Stephen Bullivant

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191667404

Category: Religion

Page: 784

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Recent books by, among others, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have thrust atheism firmly into the popular, media, and academic spotlight. This so-called New Atheism is arguably the most striking development in western socio-religious culture of the past decade or more. As such, it has spurred fertile (and often heated) discussions both within, and between, a diverse range of disciplines. Yet atheism, and the New Atheism, are by no means co-extensive. Interesting though it indeed is, the New Atheism is a single, historically and culturally specific manifestation of positive atheism (the that there is/are no God/s), which is itself but one form of a far deeper, broader, and more significant global phenomenon. The Oxford Handbook of Atheism is a pioneering edited volume, exploring atheism—understood in the broad sense of 'an absence of belief in the existence of a God or gods'—in all the richness and diversity of its historical and contemporary expressions. Bringing together an international team of established and emerging scholars, it probes the varied manifestations and implications of unbelief from an array of disciplinary perspectives (philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, demography, psychology, natural sciences, gender and sexuality studies, literary criticism, film studies, musicology) and in a range of global contexts (Western Europe, North America, post-communist Europe, the Islamic world, Japan, India). Both surveying and synthesizing previous work, and presenting the major fruits of innovative recent research, the handbook is set to be a landmark text for the study of atheism.
Categories: Religion

We Have Never Been Postmodern

We Have Never Been Postmodern

Cohen, S. (2007), Decline, Renewal and the City in Popular Music Culture:
Beyond the Beatles, Aldershot: Ashgate. ... Cottee, S. and Cushman, T. (eds) (
2007), Christopher Hitchens and his Critics: Terror, Iraq and the Left, London:
New York ...

Author: Steve Redhead

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748688975

Category: Art

Page: 192

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This book sets out a variety of reasons why we should move away from seeing the recent era as 'postmodern' and our culture as 'postmodernist' through a series of analyses of contemporary culture.
Categories: Art

Waking Up

Waking Up

Ofcourse, the Dalai Lama is not without his critics. My late friend Christopher
Hitchens meted out justice to “his holiness” on several occasions. He also
castigated Western students of Buddhism for the “widely and lazily held belief
that 'Oriental ...

Author: Sam Harris

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781473508880

Category: Science

Page: 256

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For the millions of people who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From bestselling author, neuroscientist, and “new atheist” Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the increasingly large numbers of people who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. Throughout the book, Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives—and, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow. Waking Up is part seeker’s memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous sceptic—could write it.
Categories: Science

The Irrational Atheist

The Irrational Atheist

representative of science today, any published criticism of him and his fellow
militants can only be driven by the desire for ... Sam Harris will never write Letter
to an Islamic Nation and Christopher Hitchens expends more of his bilious vitriol
on ...

Author: Vox Day

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

ISBN: 9781935251347

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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In The Irrational Atheist Vox Day, writer, columnist and software designer, challenges three authors, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, on their own ground—reason itself. Day argues persuasively that Dawkins, Harris and Hitchens employ false assertions and faulty reasoning throughout their works. From the assertion that religion drives wars to the analysis showing blue states are more moral than red states, Day, in this rigorously documented work, dissects the false conclusions and shows exactly why they are wrong. The Irrational Atheist does not argue from a religious or Biblical perspective—its arguments are purely based on hard factual data and careful reasoning.
Categories: Religion

Faith and Its Critics

Faith and Its Critics

IN the preceding chapters, an open assessment of religious faith and practice
has been urged. ... has drawn the fire of various critics, perhaps none more so
than Christopher Hitchens who repeats the mantra that 'religion poisons
everything'.

Author: David Fergusson

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191615078

Category: Religion

Page: 204

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Heralded as the exponents of a 'new atheism', critics of religion are highly visible in today's media, and include the household names of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris. David Fergusson explains their work in its historical perspective, drawing comparisons with earlier forms of atheism. Responding to the critics through conversations on the credibility of religious belief, Darwinism, morality, fundamentalism, and our approach to reading sacred texts, he establishes a compelling case for the practical and theoretical validity of faith in the contemporary world. An invitation to engage in a rich dialogue, Faith and Its Critics supports an informed and constructive exchange of ideas rather than a contest between two sides of the debate. Fergusson encourages faith communities to undertake patient engagement with their critics, to acknowledge the place for change and development in their self-understanding whilst resisting the reductive explanations of the new atheism.
Categories: Religion

Contending with Christianity s Critics

Contending with Christianity s Critics

are living in a time when certain critics of Christianity have abandoned all
delicacy and decorum in debate. Rather ... is new tone of debate is characteristic
of the New Atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher
Hitchens.

Author: Paul Copan

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781433668456

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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Contending with Christianity’s Critics is book two in a series on modern Christian apologetics that began with the popular Passionate Conviction. This second installment, featuring writings from eighteen respected apologists such as Gary Habermas and Ben Witherington, addresses challenges from noted New Atheists like Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) and other contemporary critics of Christianity concerning belief in God, the historical Jesus, and Christianity’s doctrinal coherence. Contending with Christianity's Critics and Passionate Conviction are the result of national apologetics conferences sponsored by the Evangelical Philosophical Society (www.epsociety.org).
Categories: Religion

The Nation

The Nation

Christopher Hitchens and His Critics Terror , Iraq , and the Left " The controversial
pundit dishes out and takes punishment in this anthology of rancorous essays by
him and the leftist comrades he abandoned to embrace the invasion of Iraq .

Author:

Publisher:

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Politics in Theology

Politics in Theology

In the post-WWII period, Fromm was acknowledged even by his critics as a
commentator whose fusion of two of ... such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher
Hitchens, and Sam Harris, are militant atheists writing within the Enlightenment
tradition ...

Author: Gabriel R. Ricci

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412848039

Category: Religion

Page: 195

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This new volume examines the relationship between religion and politics from a historical perspective. Contributors address specific moments in which political governance intersects with religious ideals in dramatic ways. These moments question the relationship between religious sentiments and political solutions and threaten to reorder the geopolitical landscape. These essays discuss the tensions produced by secularism in an Islamic culture, the influence of Catholic theology in workers’ political movements, and how Hinduism has been transformed by the political process. Also featured are essays that emphasize how civil religion coincides with constitutional order, and how the drama of religious tolerance and legitimization of the power of Christian hierarchy originated in the political power of the Roman emperor. This volume is an interdisciplinary effort from up-and-coming and cutting-edge scholars. Contents include: “Something as Yet Unfinished,” Adam Stauffer; “Carl Schmitt, Leo Strauss, and the Necessity of Political Theology,” Grant N. Havers; “Escape from Theology,” Peter Grosvenor; “The Persistence of Civil Religion in Modern Canada,” John von Heyking; “The Politicization of Hinduism and the Hinduization of Politics,” Jeffery D. Long; “Ontology, Plurality, and Roman Catholic Social Teaching,” Roland Boer; “The Pseudo-Isidorian Decretals and Church-State Conflict,” Mary Sommar; “Thomas Aquinas on Providence, Prudence, and Natural Law,” Christopher S. Morrissey; “The Mystical Body of Christ and French Catholic Action, 1926-1949,” W. Brian Newsome; and “Secularism in Turkey,” Oya Dursun-Ozkanca.
Categories: Religion

Kissinger s Year 1973

Kissinger s Year  1973

“I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go Communist because
of the irresponsibility of its own people. ... his harshest critics, Christopher
Hitchens.4 Three pages later, Kissinger observed how, occurring in the middle of
the ...

Author: Alistair Horne

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780297857730

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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The life of Henry Kissinger seen through one seminal year - 1973. 1973 was a seminal year in world history. The outbreak of the 'Yom Kippur War' took both Israel and the US by surprise, the Vietnam War finally ended, it was the year of détente with the Soviet Union, but the US executive was in a state of collapse following Watergate, and the year ended with the Muslim-initiated energy crisis, which brought the Western world to the brink of economic disaster - a story of deepest relevance today. This book is the biography of Kissinger - the first he has authorised - viewed through the events of this crucial year. A story of his extraordinarily imaginative aims, his near successes, and, as he admits, his ultimate failures.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Interreligious Studies

Interreligious Studies

As for the European Enlightenment, Immanuel Kant's ethical critique of the story
about Abraham and Isaac in light of the ... criticism (before the return of rational
critique by the so-called new atheism of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens ...

Author: Oddbjørn Leirvik

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781472533944

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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The notion of Interreligious Studies signals a new academic perspective on the study of religion, characterized by a relational approach. Interreligious Studies defines the essential features of interreligious studies compared with alternative conceptions of religious studies and theology. The book discusses pressing and salient challenges in interreligious relations, including interreligious dialogue in practice and theory, interfaith dialogue and secularity, confrontational identity politics, faith-based diplomacy, the question of interfaith learning in school, and interreligious responses to extremism. Interreligious Studies is a cutting-edge study from one of the most important voices in Europe in the field, Oddbjørn Leirvik, and includes case study material from his native Norway including interreligious responses to the bomb attack in Norway on 22nd July 2011, as well as examples from a number of other national and global contexts Expanding discussions on interreligious dialogue and the relationship between religions in new and interesting ways, this book is a much-needed addition to the growing literature on interreligious studies.
Categories: Religion

Atheist Awakening

Atheist Awakening

In the same issue of Free Inquiry, Christopher Hitchens (2007a) defended the
new atheism against criticisms that it represented a new fundamentalism in its
attacks on religion. Hitchens wrote that such a “timewasting tactic” devised by ...

Author: Richard Cimino

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199392933

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Surveys over the last twenty years have seen an ever-growing number of Americans disclaim religious affiliations and instead check the "none" box. In the first sociological exploration of organized secularism in America, Richard Cimino and Christopher Smith show how one segment of these "nones" have created a new, cohesive atheist identity through activism and the creation of communities. According to Cimino and Smith, the new upsurge of atheists is a reaction to the revival of religious fervor in American politics since 1980. Feeling overlooked and underrepresented in the public sphere, atheists have employed a wide variety of strategies-some evangelical, some based on identity politics-to defend and assert themselves against their ideological opponents. These strategies include building and maintaining communities, despite the absence of the kinds of shared rituals, texts, and laws that help to sustain organized religions. Drawing on in-depth interviews with self-identified atheist, secularist, and humanist leaders and activists, as well as extensive observations and analysis of secular gatherings and media, Cimino and Smith illustrate how atheists organize and align themselves toward common goals, and how media-particularly web-based media-have proven invaluable in connecting atheists to one another and in creating a powerful virtual community. Cimino and Smith suggest that secularists rely not only on the Internet for community-building, but on their own new forms of ritual. This groundbreaking study will be essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the growing atheist movement in America.
Categories: Religion

Unacknowledged Legislation

Unacknowledged Legislation

Unacknowledged Legislation is a celebration of Percy Shelley's assertion that 'poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world'.

Author: Christopher Hitchens

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781782394983

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 300

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A celebration of writers and their encounters with politics and public life from one of our greatest critics. Unacknowledged Legislation is a celebration of Percy Shelley's assertion that 'poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world'. In over thirty magnificent essays on writers from Oscar Wilde to Salman Rushdie, and with his trademark wit, rigour and flair, master critic Christopher Hitchens dispels the myth of politics as a stone tied to the neck of literature. Instead, Hitchens argues that when all parties in the state were agreed on a matter, it was the individual pens that created the space for a true moral argument. I have been asked whether I wish to nominate a successor, and inheritor, a dauphin or delfino. I have decided to name Christopher Hitchens. - Gore Vidal
Categories: Literary Collections

Science and Religion Around the World

Science and Religion Around the World

49 In comparison to a new group of unbelievers, Weinberg seems almost timid in
his criticism of religious belief. ... In his God Is Not Great (2007), Christopher
Hitchens judges all attempts to reconcile faith and science to be doomed to
failure.

Author: John Hedley Brooke

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199793204

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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The past quarter-century has seen an explosion of interest in the history of science and religion. But all too often the scholars writing it have focused their attention almost exclusively on the Christian experience, with only passing reference to other traditions of both science and faith. At a time when religious ignorance and misunderstanding have lethal consequences, such provincialism must be avoided and, in this pioneering effort to explore the historical relations of what we now call "science" and "religion," the authors go beyond the Abrahamic traditions to examine the way nature has been understood and manipulated in regions as diverse as ancient China, India, and sub-Saharan Africa. Science and Religion around the World also provides authoritative discussions of science in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam -- as well as an exploration of the relationship between science and the loss of religious beliefs. The narratives included in this book demonstrate the value of plural perspectives and of the importance of location for the construction and perception of science-religion relations.
Categories: Religion

Television and Criticism

Television and Criticism

... been a traditional reluctance to conceive of the United States, at least in public
discourse, as an empire. Instead, what Christopher Hitchens has viewed as a
kind of passing of the imperial torch from the UK to the USA is typically
euphemized ...

Author: Solange Davin

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781841501475

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 127

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Challenges the traditional boundaries between high and low culture. This volume addresses such topics as the blurring of genres, television and identity, and the sophistication of television audiences by examining examples from soap operas, televised adaptations of classic novels, film noir, and popular shows.
Categories: Performing Arts

Bastions and Barbed Wire

Bastions and Barbed Wire

BETWEEN MEMORY AND MATERIALITY: AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL APPROACH
TO STUDYING THE NAZI ... In one piece entitled Snake in the Grass, critic
Christopher Hitchens (2006) first likened Grass to 'a high horse, always tethered
 ...

Author: Tony Pollard

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004173606

Category: History

Page: 250

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Various papers on the archaeology of conflict, including battlefield archaeology. The main focus of the volume is confinement, as expressed by a wide variety of contexts. Most obviously these include Nazi concentration camps, which are in need of credible archaeological attention (the editorial points out the dangers of the misappropriation of archaeological and scientific techniques by Holocaust deniers). Other forms of confinement are examined in papers focussing on the archaeology of island defences and siege sites, with the sieges of Leith from 1650 and of Fort William from 1646 both recently being subject to archaeological investigation. Other contributions include a study of shell holes and field defences from the battle of the Bulge (1944).
Categories: History

The Publishers Weekly

The Publishers Weekly

No wonder that COURTESY OF SCRIBNER Christopher Hitchens and His Critics
: Terror , Iraq , and the Left EDITED BY SIMON COTTEE , THOMAS CUSHMAN .
New York Univ . , $ 70 ( 346p ) ISBN 978-0-8147-1686-1 he controversial ...

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Categories: American literature