As John Lowney notes in the introduction to his excellent History, Memory, and the Literary Left, poetry has received short shrift in the comparative boom of scholarship on the artistic Left of the 1930s and 1940s over the last fifteen or twenty years. This is somewhat ironic since Cary Nelson's 1989 Repression and Recovery: Modern American Poetry and The Politics of Cultural Memory, 1910–1945 was one of the seminal studies ushering in this boom. However, with some notable exceptions, subsequent studies of the literary Left have focused on almost everything except poetry. Lowney addresses this gap in scholarship, joining a small band of distinguished scholars such as Nelson, Alan Filreis, William Maxwell, Stacy Morgan, and Michael Thurston, who have taken up the subject.
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