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Alien Ink is the most comprehensive book written on how the FBI warred against American writers & readers. Robins reveals assaults on freedom of expression began before J. Edgar Hoover joined...read more
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Alien Ink is the most comprehensive book written on how the FBI warred against American writers & readers. Robins reveals assaults on freedom of expression began before J. Edgar Hoover joined the Justice Department & made his name synonymous with that of the FBI for over 40 years.
The war carried over into the 80s, when librarians, as part of a Library Awareness Pr Alien Ink is the most comprehensive book written on how the FBI warred against American writers & readers. Robins reveals assaults on freedom of expression began before J. Edgar Hoover joined the Justice Department & made his name synonymous with that of the FBI for over 40 years.
The war carried over into the 80s, when librarians, as part of a Library Awareness Program, were recruited to spy on readers. Drawing on nearly 150 files released under the Freedom of Information Act, her narrative offers documentary evidence about the hounding & intimidation of writers ranging from John Reed to Allen Ginsberg, from Edna St Vincent Millay to James Baldwin, & from Walter Winchell to Robert Lowell-a virtual Who's Who of American letters. Alien Ink is the story of hidden agendas & powers, & contains many surprises-among them, that Hoover, known for rightist sympathies, not only inhibited left-wing expression, but harassed right-wingers as well.
Robins shows how the FBI combed papers, books, plays, films & radio broadcasts for "alien ink"-anything "anti-American" or "anti-FBI"-& describes how those incriminated endured phone taps, mail searches & character assassinations. She reveals the pressure tactics FBI agents employed to make them toe the line, as well as the astounding criminal lengths (including extortion & entrapment) that the FBI went to in order to "get something" on those writers who wouldn't capitulate. She explains the FBI's attitude toward the group of writers it considered the most threatening: journalists.
Confirming her findings are dozens of interviews-dramatic dialogs-with living writers & others of all ideologies, who bear witness to the FBI's investigative crusade. Prologue The files The formal witnesses 1.The Russian Revolution & WWI. Before Hoover; The arrival of Hoover 2.The 20s: undeclared wars, the rise of fascism & the Sacco-Vanzetti case.
The arrival of new aliens: 1920-29 3.The Spanish Civil War. Images in their minds; The search for new aliens; The 1930s; "A little bit in awe of them"; The friendlies; The friendlies, cont.; The unfriendlies; The unfriendlies, cont. 4.WWII & the Cold War.
A broader net; Pound, Boyle, Hecht, Stein; Hemingway, Wilder, Sherwood, MacLeish, Cowley; Rukeyser, Herbst, Porter & Fast; Wouk, Cozzens, Mitford, Parker, Hammett, Hellman, Lowell 5.McCarthy's war & the Korean War. Sinister influences; Matthiessen, Untermeyer, Hughes, Wright; Adams, Shapiro, Williams; Trilling, Agee, Capote, Gardner, Miller 6.The continuing Cold War & Vietnam War. The 60s aliens; Mailer, Ginsberg, Frank; Baldwin, Baraka, Schwartz, Roethke, Stout, Williams, Paley, Doctorow 7.After Hoover.
A broader outlook: 1970-present; Spies in the stacks 8.Preparing for 2000s: is the past past? "Most of damage was invisible" Appendix A. Writers, editors, agents & publishers indexed by the FBI because they signed civil rights &/or antiwar protests during the 60s Appendix B.
Additional files Appendix C. An epilogue Notes Selected Bibliography Index
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