Of Chaff and Wheat: Writers, War, and Treason
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Of Chaff and Wheat: Writers, War, and Treason

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ISBN-13:
9780252029240
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.08.2004
Seiten:
104
Autor:
Richard A. Rand
Gewicht:
290 g
Format:
233x158x14 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:
An open secret: or literature as a public festival; From bridge enthusiasts to volunteer police; Seven letters to white writers
Reacting to widespread Nazi collaboration--both voluntary and otherwise--French patriotism surged in the wake of World War II. Resistance fighters were honored as heros, collaborators were arrested, and the nation was bent on blurring its immediate past by expunging whatever was seen to have been pro-German. In this fevered context, a "National Committee of Writers" began to blacklist those who had saved their careers throughout the Nazi occupation. Jean Paulhan, who had supervised the literary arm of the French Resistance during the war and helped to found the National Committee of Writers, saw the dangers of its blacklist from the very outset: he denounced it in public, quit the Committee in protest, and then put his reputation on the line by printing the essays, anecdotes, and letters collected in this courageous book. His chief concern is restoring the critical freedom of writers to write, publish, make mistakes, and to heal. Richard Rand's introduction to the translation provides an excellent background for readers at every stage of familiarity with this important figure in literary history. This book was first published as De la Paille et du Grain (1948).