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Robert Oppenheimer

“A Savage at Heart”: Perry Miller and Robert Oppenheimer

Why did Perry Miller dedicate his strangest book to the father of the atomic bomb? This essay is a guest post by Jonathan W. Wilson, a Ph.D. candidate in American intellectual history at Syracuse University and a regular blogger at The Junto. In 1956, Perry Miller published a book unlike his others. The Raven and the Whale had nothing to do with New England or Calvinism. It wasn’t about preachers, divines, professors, or the creation of a tradition or a mind. It was a study of bourgeois writers and bohemian literary misfits in antebellum New York City. Though it was Read more