Exiled in Paradise: German Refugee Artists and Intellectuals in America from the 1930s to the Present

Exiled in Paradise: German Refugee Artists and Intellectuals in America from the 1930s to the Present

by Anthony Heilbut

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The fascinating story of émigré intellectuals, writers, artists, scientists, movie directors, and scholars — including Bertolt Brecht, Theodor Adorno, Albert Einstein, Hannah Arendt, Thomas Mann, Arnold Schoenberg, George Grosz, Erik Erikson, Billy Wilder and Fritz Lang — who fled Nazi Germany and changed America. Heilbut provides a vivid narrative of how they viewed their new country and how America reacted to their arrival as the atom bomb was being developed, the Cold War and McCarthyism were underway, and Hollywood dominated moviemaking.

“Still the best book on the topic” — Phillip Lopate, The New York Times Book Review

“Insightful ... valuable and stimulating ... For some readers, especially the children of generations of émigrés, the book will provide a background to their most basic intellectual assumptions.” — Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

“From one page to the next, the book transcends its stated purpose of providing a link between the history of the German-Jewish immigrants and their staggering cultural achievements to acquire the dimensions of that mysterious reality which even a Bresson cannot hope to define: a work of art.” — Marcel Ophuls, American Film Magazine

“The story of these refugees has finally found its singular and single voice; it is that of Anthony Heilbut, himself the son of exiles ... His book turns into something more than a panorama about foreigners. It is a way of revealing to Americans themselves what their country really is like.” — Ariel Dorfman, The Washington Post

“Anthony Heilbut has exercised impressive scholarship, and even a touch of poetry, to get to the heart of this diaspora.” — Time

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015545746
Publisher: Plunkett Lake Press
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 513
File size: 615 KB

About the Author

Anthony Heilbut, born in New York City in 1940, the son of German-Jewish refugees, graduated from Queens College and received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Harvard University. He taught at New York University and Hunter College. Since 1976 he has been a full-time writer and record producer. His first book, The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times, appeared in 1971. Other books include Exiled in Paradise: German Refugee Artists and Intellectuals in America from the 1930s to the Present (1983, 1997); Thomas Mann: Eros and Literature (1996, 1997); and The Fan Who Knew Too Much: Aretha Franklin, The Rise of the Soap Opera, Children of the Gospel Church, and Other Meditations (2012). Heilbut’s work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, The New York Times Book Review and The Los Angeles Times Book Review. As a record producer, Heilbut specializes in black gospel music. He has produced over fifty albums for various labels.

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