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How to Be an IntellectualEssays on Criticism, Culture, and the University$
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Jeffrey J. Williams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263806

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263806.001.0001

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Long Island Intellectual

Long Island Intellectual

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(p.210) Thirty-Two Long Island Intellectual
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How to Be an Intellectual
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Jeffrey J. Williams

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263806.003.0033

This is a personal essay on the author's career. It recounts his upbringing on Long Island in the 1960s and his decision to purse literary criticism. It also reflects on the obligations of criticism-to explain difficult matters, and to advocate for a more just society.

Keywords:   Personal essay, "Why I Write" (Orwell), Critical credo, Contemporary criticism and theory, Politics and culture

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