Winter 1942 • Vol. IV No. 1 Fiction |

An Argument in 1934

In the year of our Western culture 1934, Noah Gottlieb went one Saturday morning to meet his friend, Harry Morton. 2. Harry Morton worked in The New York Public Library at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Noah Gottlieb was an artificial flower salesman. 3. Both young men were very much interested in the history of thought and in the arts. It was this that had brought them together. 4. They knew that they were intellectuals, but they disliked the title. It had for them associations with the previous decade. 5. It was for them a word associated with such an author as H. L. Mencken and the post-war period in America. 6. Yet there is no other title to describe the part they had chosen in Life. They were intellectuals, and the way in which they made their living they detested and merely endured. 7. "Yes, we are intellectuals,” Harry had said to Noah one day, "it is nothing if not an unpleasant name. Yet, come to think of it, are not all the heroes of Western culture inte

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In 1959, Delmore Schwartz became the youngest recipient of the Bollingen Prize, awarded for a collection of poetry published that year, Summer Knowledge: New and Selected Poems. Three years later, he was teaching at Syracuse University when KR published a selection of new poems.

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