471 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 15 illus
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4087-0
Published: October 1982
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-1627-8
Published: February 2014
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Awards & distinctions
1983 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, Phi Beta Kappa
1983 Francis Butler Simkins Award, Southern Historical Association
The drama Singal unfolds is as much national as regional in its implications. His sophisticated and original analysis of the complex relationship between these southern writers and their heritage enables him to trace the transition to Modernism with unusual clarity and to address questions of major importance in American intellectual history: How did Modernism come into being? Does it display a fundamental, underlying pattern? What are its essential values, beliefs, and assumptions?
Singal marshals archival and published sources and combines them with oral history interviews to trace this process of change on the levels of both formal thought and individual experience. He uses the interwar South as the locale for a pioneering examination of the momentous change that has affected all of Western culture.
About the Author
Daniel Joseph Singal is assistant professor of history at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is editor, with John Shelton Reed, of Regionalism and the South: Selected Papers of Rupert Vance.
For more information about Daniel Joseph Singal, visit the Author Page.
"A first-rate piece of work. . . . Soundly researched, carefully constructed and elegantly written. The War Within is a work of broad general interest as well as one of great scholarly importance."--David Donald, New York Times Book Review
"A marvelous book, instantly ranking with or indeed a step ahead of a cluster of fine recent intellectual histories of the modern South. . . . Singal's mind is of the first order, both ranging and penetrating, fully equal to that most difficult of tasks, the writing of intellectual history."--Reviews in American History