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Politics and Letters

Interviews with New Left Review

Raymond Williams


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Raymond Williams has made a central contribution to the culture of the Left in the English-speaking world. Politics and Letters is a volume of interviews with Williams, conducted by members of the New Left Review editorial committee, that is designed to bring into clear focus the major theoretical and political issues posed by his work. Ranging across his biographical development, the evolution of his cultural theory and literary criticism, his work on dramatic forms and his fiction, the volume concludes with an exploration of Williams's positions on British and international politics.

Praise For Politics and Letters: Interviews with New Left Review

“Effectively a new kind of book ... an outstanding feat of composition ... a remarkable human achievement.”—Guardian

“An absolutely riveting piece of work.”—New Society

“For anybody interested in the relationship between literature and society in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries this book is essential reading.”—Financial Times

“This is, quite simply, one of the most magnificent books I have read.”—Philip Corrigan, Media, Culture and Society

Verso, 9780860917359, 446pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 1981

About the Author

Raymond Williams (1921-1988) was for many years Professor of Drama at the University of Cambridge. Among his many books are "Culture and Society," "Culture and Materialism, Politics and Letters," "Problems in Materialism and Culture," and several novels.