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Small Town
by Granville Hicks ; Warren Broderick ; Ron Powers
Binding: Hardcover, 1st Fordham Universi edition, 272 pages
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Weight: 1.15 pound
Dimension: H: 1.2 x L: 8.6 x W: 5.6 inches
ISBN 10: 0823223574
ISBN 13: 9780823223572
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Granville Hicks was one of America s most influential literary and social critics. Along with Malcolm Cowley, F. O. Matthiessen, Max Eastman, Alfred Kazin, and others, he shaped the cultural landscape of 20th century America.

In 1946 Hicks published Small Town, a portrait of life in the rural crossroads of Grafton, N.Y., where he had moved after being fired from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his left wing political views. In this book, he combines a kind of hand crafted ethnographic research with personal reflections on the qualities of small town life that were being threatened by spreading cities and suburbs. He eloquently tried to define the essential qualities of small town community life and to link them to the best features of American culture. The book sparked numerous articles and debates in a baby boom America nervously on the move.

Long out of print, this classic of cultural criticism speaks powerfully to a new generation seeking to reconnect with a sense of place in American life, both rural and urban. An unaffected, deeply felt portrait of one such place by one of the best American critics, it should find a new home as a vivid reminder of what we have lost and what we might still be able to protect.

'Granville Hicks saw it coming. Has any small town a future in this age of industrialism, urbanism, and specialization? he asks in his classic work of 1946, which examined a town caught in the decline of small scale society that even back then was well underway. Nearly 60 years of future later, the balefulness of Hicks s question seems sadly to have been enlarged, transmuted, and emphatically justified.' Ron Powers, from the Foreword


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