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The Resource Lamps at high noon, Jack S. Balch ; introduction by Michael Szalay

Lamps at high noon, Jack S. Balch ; introduction by Michael Szalay

Label
Lamps at high noon
Title
Lamps at high noon
Statement of responsibility
Jack S. Balch ; introduction by Michael Szalay
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Federal Arts Projects were created by FDR in the summer of 1935. A year later, a handful of writers employed in the St. Louis office of the Missouri Writers' Project, including Jack Balch, went out on strike. Lamps at High Noon is the only novel about this strike and the only one to treat comprehensively any aspect of the Federal Writers' Project, whose participants included some of the country's most accomplished and promising authors." "Charlie Gest, the wide-eyed and well-intentioned protagonist of the novel, confronts firsthand the project's sometimes shady efforts to monitor the political views of its writers. Named assistant director of the project in Monroe (a fictional St. Louis), Gest is vaguely aware that the program's good intentions do not always overshadow the abuses it tolerates, which include shielding corporate interests and avoiding hiring highly qualified black writers. Gest is hounded by a nagging suspicion that, like lamps that burn in broad daylight, the issues at stake in the work stoppage are not the ones that most need addressing." "Part radical socialist commentary, part absurdist theater, Balch's novel offers a peerless critical engagement of the economic constraints and political exigencies surrounding debates over the federal funding of art since the New Deal."--BOOK JACKET
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1909-1980
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Balch, Jack S.
Dewey number
813/.52
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3503.A5514
LC item number
L36 2000
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The radical novel reconsidered
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Federal Writers' Project
  • Strikes and lockouts
  • Art and state
  • Authorship
Label
Lamps at high noon, Jack S. Balch ; introduction by Michael Szalay
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages xxxix-xl)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
44045644
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xl, 403 pages
Isbn
9780252069390
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
00033795
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Lamps at high noon, Jack S. Balch ; introduction by Michael Szalay
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages xxxix-xl)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
44045644
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xl, 403 pages
Isbn
9780252069390
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
00033795
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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