EXILE'S RETURN by Malcoim Cowlay
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Originally published in 1934, and now revised with an occasional shift in emphasis, this is a personal perspective on the lost generation and its return from exile, in which Malcolm Cowley shared. Here, during that big binge that was to last a decade, are the ideas and attitudes of a group divorced from tradition, foolish in their behavior, serious in their aestheticism. From the process of deracination which first took place in school, was later intensified by the war, this took them all on a long furlough in Greenwich Village later to the Europe of Eliot and Pound and Dada and the many extremes of ""self-devouring"" doctrines. And after a few years, back to the Village and the moral atmosphere of the boom in which literature flourished as well as stimulants and drugs, this follows down to the passing of an era whose suicide was symbolised in Hart Crane (the Roaring Boy) and Harry Croshy, now forgotten.... A pattern of alienation and reintegration, in an interpretation based on identification, tempered by humor and sharpened by critical awareness. The Fitzgerald revival will intensify popular interest.

Pub Date: June 11th, 1951
Publisher: Viking