Max Eastman (2771 words)


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Max Eastman (1883-1969), poet, editor, journalist and political writer, was one of the most influential leftist intellectuals in the U.S. in the years just before and after World War I. As editor of the Masses, an illustrated monthly magazine of socialist outlook that flourished from 1912 to 1917, Eastman championed a range of social reform causes for a largely middle-class readership, bringing about a popular merger of radical politics with innovative works in the literary and visual arts.

After the Masses was shut down by the Wilson administration 1917, Eastman co-edited its successor, the Liberator, from 1918 to 1921. He spent the period from 1922 to 1924 in Soviet Russia, where he witnessed the a…

Citation: Chura, Patrick. "Max Eastman". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 January 2010 [, accessed 21 October 2020.]

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