Books by Morris Dickstein

Morris Dickstein is Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York Graduate Center and a widely published literary and cultural critic. His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement, Partisan


WHY NOT SAY WHAT HAPPENED by Morris Dickstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2015

"There's a compelling story in this late-in-life memoir, which is at its best when Dickstein sticks to that story."
An esteemed cultural and literary critic charts the intellectual and religious paths of his early years, sometimes saying too much in the process. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2009

"It's hard to imagine a more astute, more graceful guide to a remarkably creative period."
Just in time for our own era's economic collapse, a literary critic looks back at the unusually rich art of the 1930s. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2005

"A fine, accessible collection worthy of Dickstein's former CUNY mentor, Irving Howe."
Twenty illuminating essays published over the decades on literature's elusive, prophetic interpretations of a changing American society. Read full book review >
DOUBLE AGENT by Morris Dickstein
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A provocative survey of literary journalism, then, that's too ready to overlook the fact that genuine breakthroughs in thought are seldom achieved through compromise."
A prescription for the insular excesses of contemporary criticism that goes wrong as early as its title, since Dickstein (Gates of Eden, 1989—not reviewed) never explores the metaphor of critics as agents of two opposed powers, professing allegiances they do not feel. Read full book review >