INFIDEL IN THE TEMPLE by Matthew Josephson


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Matthew Josephson is the author of several biographies, works on politics, and labor history. A previous work, Life among the Surrealists, was an account of expatriate literary life during the Twenties, of which he was a part. This book might be said to be a continuation of his memoirs, dwelling on the political and literary events of the Twenties and the people who figured prominently in them. By virtue of his associations and his assignments--covering the scenes of the Depression and the New Deal for The New Republic, and doing profiles of Wall Street types for The New Yorker--Josephson was at the center of activity. He was a fellow traveler with Malcolm Cowley and Edmund Wilson; an intimate of the bright young men who followed Felix Frankfurter into government service; he was with Hemingway in Key West and with Fitzgerald in Hollywood. A strong supporter of the Popular Front but never an ideologue, Josephson managed to maintain his independence of thought, though on one occasion it cost him the friendship of Ruth McKinney, who was a casualty of the era's doctrinal wars. Infidel in the Temple (Josephson's description of himself) is a humane, compassionate and revealing account of a trying but exciting American epoch.

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 1967
Publisher: Knopf