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Review of Robert Vanderlan, INTELLECTUALS INCORPORATED: Politics, Art, and Ideas Inside Henry Luce’s Media Empire

Robert Vanderlan, Intellectuals Incorporated: Politics, Art, and Ideas Inside Henry Luce’s Media Empire (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010)About a third of the way into Robert Vanderlan’s important study of intellectuals who worked for Time Inc., one encounters the heroic Archibald MacLeish. Frankly, we don’t hear much about MacLeish these days—perhaps we should. At least Vanderlan makes a persuasive case to take MacLeish seriously, not merely because of his versatility—as an editor for Fortune, a poet, playwright, essayist, and Librarian of Congress—but because he asked a question that echoes in my ears today. In 1940, as Europe descended into the Read more