The League of American Writers: Communist Organizational Activity Among American Writers, 1929-1942
In 1929 the Communist Party of the United States, at the behest of the Communist International, began a program of organizational activity among American writers. This program was designed after a Soviet program, devised as a part of the first Five-Year Plan, for the rationalization of the Soviet writing craft. At the outset, Communist activity among American writers centered upon a national organization, the John Reed Club, though gradually more and more prominent writers were recruited into other peripheral organizations, not of a specifically literary character, e.g., the League of Professional Groups. Throughout the period 1929-34, Communist activity among American writers was hampered by the generally sectarian nature of Communist policy. -- Summary.
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