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The Intellectuals and the Masses

John Carey

In The Intellectuals and the Masses:Pride and Prejudice among the Literary Intelligentsia, 1880-1939 John Carey examines modernist art and literature and assaults the prejudices of the intellectual founders of modern culture.

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Paperback
ISBN
9780571169269
Date Published
01.10.1992
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Summary

Professor John Carey shows how early twentieth-century intellectuals imagined the ‘masses’ as semi-human swarms, drugged by popular newspapers and cinema, and ripe for extermination. Exposing the revulsion from common humanity in George Bernard Shaw, Ezra Pound, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, W. B. Yeats and other canonized writers, he relates this to the cult of the Nietzschean Superman, which found its ultimate exponent in Hitler.

Carey’s assault on the founders of modern culture caused consternation throughout the artistic and academic establishments when it was first published in 1992.

JohnCarey

John Carey is an Emeritus Professor at Oxford University. His books include studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray, The Intellectuals and the Masses, What Good Are the Arts? and a life of William Golding.

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