By C. Wright Mills, Kathryn Mills, Dan Wakefield
Mills's letters to favorite figures--including Saul Alinsky, Daniel Bell, Lewis Coser, Carlos Fuentes, Hans Gerth, Irving Howe, Dwight MacDonald, Robert okay. Merton, Ralph Miliband, William Miller, David Riesman, and Harvey Swados--are joined via his letters to relatives, letter-essays to an imaginary pal in Russia, own narratives through his daughters, and annotations drawing on released and unpublished fabric, together with the FBI dossier on Mills.
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When the book was published in 1951, it was not the good reviews he dwelled on but the criticism, for he wanted to learn from it. ” To Macdonald himself he wrote, “You owe me this: think out concretely what I should avoid and how I might learn to do so. . Be constructive. Be practical. ” I know few (if any) writers mature enough and humble enough to respond in such a way to a harsh review. ” 16 introduction As late as 1960 he was still holding himself to higher standards as a writer, aspiring to express himself more fully and powerfully.
To Macdonald himself he wrote, “You owe me this: think out concretely what I should avoid and how I might learn to do so. . Be constructive. Be practical. ” I know few (if any) writers mature enough and humble enough to respond in such a way to a harsh review. ” 16 introduction As late as 1960 he was still holding himself to higher standards as a writer, aspiring to express himself more fully and powerfully. In June of that year he wrote to his English writer-scholar friend, Ralph Miliband, that he was thinking of leaving his professorship and trying to live more modestly in order to devote full time to writing, saying, “I’ve got four, yes four books, bubbling up inside me.
A good letter was its own art form, and Mills often told me he used letters as a way of getting unblocked if he was stuck while writing books or articles. The letter was not only a way of expressing and sometimes codifying ideas and projects but was also an important and useful outlet for venting emotion, a private (sealed) message to a trusted friend who would understand and sympathize with one’s personal triumphs, disappointments, and frustrations, as well as a means to convey news, thoughts, and intellectual arguments or discussions.