In the Country of the Young Author:John W. Aldridge In this boldly provocative analysis of the under-thirty generation, John W. Aldridge has written a brilliant commentary on youth and the state of American society today. His views on the psychology of campus activism, hippy culture, the promiscuous child-breeders of the forties and fifties, life in the wall-to-wall ghettos of suburbia, the impli... more »cations of a youth-dominated anti-utopia, and above all, the civilized values we must defend ... are sure to be widely quoted and discussed for years to come.
From his pioneering first book, "After the Lost Generation," a classic study of the post-war novel, to his most recent volume "Time to Murder and Create," he has been steadily preoccupied with the nature and quality of the American cultural environment, and in particular between our social experience and our literary achievement.
In this new book, he continues to explore his sociological interests, and he does so in the best polemical style of Sinclair Lewis and H. L. Mencken.
John W. Aldridge is professor of English at the University of Michigan. His writing has appeared in Harper's, Atlantic, New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review, Commentary, New Republic and Nation.
"One of the most profound studies of contemporary America." --Jerzy Kosinski
"...his comments, made with exceptional clarity, are particularly pertinent in a time of considerable agitation." --The Wall Street Journal
"The most valuable account of the generation gap to appear since the gap opened." --Harriet Van Horne« less