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Author: Franklin Folsom
Category: Literary Criticism
Founded during the tense, pre-war period of the 1930s, the League sought to promote intellectual and political freedom worldwide. At its peak, it had more than eight hundred members, including many of the most important literary personalities of this century, with whom Folsom had personal dealings: Theodore Dreiser, Dashiell Hammett, Lillian Hellman, Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, Ernest Hemmingway, Richard Wright, Malcolm Cowley, Ring Lardner, Jr., Archibald MacLeish, Thomas Mann, Dorothy Parker, Upton Sinclair, John Steinbeck, Dalton Trumbo, and William Carlos Williams, among many others. This lively history of the League of American Writers provides a unique insider's account of the group's wide-ranging activities, including the organization of four national writers congresses, the establishment of schools for writers, and campaigning for the rights of African Americans, the foreign-born, and labor.