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Richard Pells

Some Final Thoughts on Pells’ The Liberal Mind in a Conservative Age

This is not a book review. Rather, what follows are somewhat idiosyncratic thoughts on my very close rereading of Pells’ LMCA. I’ve partially covered this book into a few prior posts. My goal here is to finish up Pells and move on fully to John Guillory. By way of review, Pells’ thesis is as follows (bolds mine)*: American intellectuals [in the 1940s and 1950s] confronted a series of crises for which their prior experiences furnished few guidelines. …Intellectuals brought to this turbulence a special set of memories and assumptions. Although they did not constitute a single or unified generation…they all Read more