Robert Warshow 's The Immediate Experience

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Robert Warshow, author of The Immediate Experience: Movies, Comics, Theater and Other Aspects of Popular Culture, was at once a student and teacher of experience. He was a lover of popular culture in all forms, a “New York Intellectual”, and a disenchanted writer searching for the cultural value in everything he saw, read or experienced. (denby 2001, xiii) Through reading his collection of critical essays one can see Warshow as a Jewish man, with strong opinions about communism and its affect on society, a movie buff, and a critic enamored with experience. Experience both from the perspective of the artist, as well as the observer of the art. From the beginning of his life, it seems, Robert Warshow was a man destine to be a political-intellectual, immersed in both history and the tensions of the moment. (denby 2001, XV) Growing up in New York early in the twentieth century, and being the son of Adolph Warshow who at one point ran for congress on the socialist ticket, Robert gained early insight into the political strain of the time. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Warshow found himself an editor and writer for the social-democratic, anti-stalinist magazine The New Leader. After the war, he began working for Commentary as an editor, but also publishing his own work. This was a pivotal job for him, as Commentary was widely known and read by other intellectuals of the time. (denby 2001, xii) While Warshow grew during this era, as a critic of popular culture, his

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