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The 50s : the story of a decade

Author: Henry Finder
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2015]
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A look back at the 1950s chronicles the tensions and innovations that lay behind the decade's more placid surface during a time of prosperity and contradiction.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Finder
ISBN: 9780679644811 0679644814 9780812983302 0812983300
OCLC Number: 899332145
Description: xvii, 764 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part one. American scenes / a note by Elizabeth Kolbert. Success (on Jackie Robinson, V salesman) / John Graham and Rex Lardner --
Fallout (on radioactive debris) / Daniel Lang --
Ahab and nemesis (on Rocky Marciano vs. Archie Moore) / A.J. Liebling --
Mr. Hunter's grave (on a Staten Island cemetery) / Joseph Mitchell --
The cherubs are rumbling (on juvenile gangs) / Walter Bernstein. Part two. Artists & entertainers / a note by Rebecca Mead. The perfect glow (on Oscar Hammerstein II) / (Philip Hamburger --
Throw the little old lady down the stairs! (on John Huston and the making of The red badge of courage) / Lillian Ross --
Humility, concentration, and gusto (on Marianne Moore) / Winthrop Sargeant --
The duke in his domain (on Marlon Brando in Kyoto) / Truman Capote --
A woman entering a taxi in the rain (on Richard Avedon) / Winthrop Sargeant. Part three. Shifting grounds / a note by Jill Lepore. The foolish things of the world (on Dorothy Day) / Dwight MacDonald --
Notes and comment (on the case against Senator McCarthy) / E.B. White --
The psychosemanticist will see you now, Mr. Thurber (on fifties jargon) / James Thurber --
A meeting in Atlanta (on the NAACP assembly) / Bernard Taper --
Letter from Chicago (on the Democratic Convention) / Richard H. Rovere --
Letter from San Francisco (on the Republican Convention) / Richard Rovere --
Letter from Washington (on Eisenhower and Little Rock) / Richard H. Rovere. Part four. Far-flung / a note by Evan Osnos. No one but the Glosters (on a Korean War battle) / E.J. Kahn, Jr. --
The seventeenth of June (on an uprising in East Germany) / Joseph Wechsberg --
The old boys (on Chiang Kai-Shek) / Emily Hahn --
Letters from Paris (on the Algerian War) / Janet Flanner --
Letter from Gaza (on refugees in the Strip) / A.J. Liebling --
Cuban interlude (on Cuba and its rebels) / Norman Lewis. Part Five. Takes / a note by Malcolm Gladwell. Characters. Ernest Hemingway / Lillian Ross --
Jackson Pollock / Berton Roueché --
Toots Shor / John Bainbridge --
Harold Ross / E.B. White --
Sylvester Weaver / Thomas Whiteside --
Emily Post / Geoffrey T. Hellman --
Frank Lloyd Wright / Geoffrey T. Hellman --
Bobby Fischer / Bernard Taper --
Mort Sahl / Whitney Balliett --
Leonard Bernstein / Robert Rice --
Lorraine Hansberry / Lillian Ross. Computers. I.B.M.s new brain / John Brooks --
The Nim machine / Rex Lardner --
Data processing systems / John Brooks --
Election results via Univac / Philip Hamburger --
The perceptron simulator / Harding Mason --
Curious developments. The home freezer / Brendan Gill --
Jazz class at Columbia / Whitney Balliett --
Vaccinating against polio / John McNulty --
Marketing Miltown / Thomas Whiteside --
Rock 'n' roll's young enthusiasts / Dwight MacDonald --
The push-button phone / Harriet Ben Exra --
The arrival of videotape / Louis P. Forster --
The quiz-show scandals / John Updike. Part six. The critics / a note by Adam Gopnik. Books. The vision of the innocent (on The catcher in the rye by J.D. Salinger / S.N. Behrman --
Green on Doting (on Henry Green) / V.S. Pritchett --
Black man's burden (on Invisible man by Ralph Ellison) / Anthony West --
The book-of-the-millennium club (on Mortimer Adler's great books set) / Dwight MacDonald --
Doctor life and his guardian angel (on Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak) / Edmund Wilson. The current cinema. Good tough stuff (on On the waterfront) / John McCarten --
No sanctuary (on The 400 blows) / John McCarten --
The theatre. Bouquets, brickbats, and obituaries (on Guys and dolls) / Wolcott Gibbs --
Something to remember us by (on Cat on a hot tin roof) / Wolcott Gibbs --
Beep the meem (on Marcel Marceau) / Wolcott Gibbs --
Shaw with music (on My fair lady) / Wolcott Gibbs --
Points west (on A raisin in the sun) / Kenneth Tynan --
Cornucopia (on Gypsy) / Kenneth Tynan --
Television. Peeping Funt (on Candid camera) / Philip Hamburger --
Bananas in general (on TV comedians) / John Lardner --
Thoughts on Radio-Televese (on on-the-air language) / John Lardner --
Art & architecture. Extremists (on Jackson Pollock et al.) / Robert M. Coates --
Styles and personalities (on an Abstract expressionism show) / Robert M. Coates --
The mud wasps of Manhattan (on tall buildings gone wrong) / Lewis Mumford --
The roaring traffic's boom (on a congested metropolis) / Lewis Mumford --
The lesson of the master (on the Seagram building) / Lewis Mumford --
Music. Jazz records (on Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk) / Whitney Balliett --
Man with a manner (on Glenn Gould at Carnegie Hall) / Winthrop Sargeant --
Jazz records (on Coleman Hawkins) / Whitney Balliett. Part seven. Poetry / a note by Paul Muldoon. Boys at the window / Richard Wilbur --
Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze / Theodore Roethke --
Love for a hand / Karl Shapiro --
The artist / William Carlos Williams --
Living in sin / Adrienne Cecile Rich --
Questions of travel / Elizabeth Bishop --
Sparrows / Hayden Carruth --
First things first / W.H. Auden --
Voices from the other world / James Merrill --
Mussel hunter at Rock Harbor / Sylvia Plath --
Just how low can a highbrow go when a highbrow lowers his brow? / Ogden Nash --
The arctic ox / Marianne Moore --
The goodnight / Louis Simpson --
Lying awake / W.D. Snodgrass --
The road back / Anne Sexton. Part eight. Fiction / a note by Jonathan Franzen. Taste / Roald Dahl --
No place for you, my love / Eudora Welty --
The other Paris / Mavis Gallant --
Six feet of the country / Nadine Gordimer --
Pnin / Vladimir Nabokov --
The state of grace / Harold Brodkey --
The country husband / John Cheever --
The happiest I've been / John Updike --
Defender of the faith / Philip Roth.
Other Titles: Fifties
New Yorker (New York, N.Y. : 1925)
Responsibility: the New Yorker ; edited by Henry Finder ; introduction by David Remnick.


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