Malcolm Cowley


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Malcolm Cowley (August 24, 1898 – March 27, 1989) was an American novelist, poet, literary critic, and journalist.

Early life

Born August 28, 1898 in Western Pennsylvania, Cowley grew up in Pittsburgh, where his father William was a homeopathic doctor. He graduated from Peabody High School where his friend Kenneth Burke was also a student. in 1920 he earned a B.A. from... more »

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  • Manners would be the standards of conduct that prevail in a group, large or small, and hence they would change from group to group and year to year. Morals would be defined as the standards that deter...
    Malcolm Cowley (1898-1889), U.S. author, critic. A Second Flowering: Works and Days of the Lost Generation, ch. 6, Viking (1973).
  • Here, for example, are a few of the doctrinal parallels: Instead of God, the Communists believe in history as a final principle and omnipotent judge. They regard "the great task of making history" as ...
    Malcolm Cowley (1898-1989), U.S. author, critic. "Communism and Christianism," The Flower and the Leaf, Viking (1985).
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