Irwin Shaw

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Shaw, Irwin


Born Feb. 27, 1913, in New York City. American writer.

Shaw graduated from Brooklyn College in 1934. His first play, Bury the Dead (1936), is notable for its sharp antiwar leanings. The play The Gentle People: A Brooklyn Fable (1939; Russian translation, 1965) sounded a warning to America about violence and gangsterism. Shaw’s novel The Young Lions (1948; Russian translation, 1962) is among the best works about World War II; scenes of fascist barbarism alternate with realistic sketches of tyranny and discrimination in the US Army. In his sharply social novels, Shaw emphasizes the problem of preserving moral values and dwells on the spiritual strivings of the heroes (The Troubled Air, 1950; Evening in Byzantium, 1973; Russian translation, 1975). Shaw has also written collections of short stories, the publicist work In the Company of Dolphins (1964), and screenplays.


Lucy Crown. New York, 1956.
Two Weeks in Another Town. New York, 1959.
Love on a Dark Street. New York, 1965.
Nightwork. London, 1975.
In Russian translation:
Solnechnye berega reki Lety. [Moscow, 1969.]


Mersand, J. Traditions in American Literature. Port Washington, N.Y., 1968.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Garrett does not call for us to displace Dangling Man (which isn't really canonical, anyway) and to add Irwin Shaw's The Young Lions.
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In addition to her fine descriptions of scholarly accounts, Lipstadt shows how the Holocaust impacted American popular culture through such writings as Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead (1948), Irwin Shaw's The Young Lions (1948), and John Hersey's The Wall (1950); films such as Exodus (1958); and books, including Laura Hobson's Gentleman's Agreement (1947), which demonstrated the terrible consequences of antisemitism.
He writes with great affection about Truman Capote, Arthur Miller, James Jones, Robert Penn Warren, Irwin Shaw, Philip Roth, Peter Matthiessen, Lillian Hellman and many other writers, as well as editors such as Bennett Cerf, Robert Loomis and Hiram Haydn, who were vital to his career.
Copland, a fine American cultural export, said the piece was an attempt to mirror the troubled main character of Irwin Shaw's play, who had abandoned his Jewishness and his poetic aspirations in order to pursue material success by Anglicising his name, marrying a rich socialite, and becoming the president of a department store.
Nathaniel Valle argues that the short fiction of Irwin Shaw employed the baseball stadium as a site where issues of assimilation were negotiated.
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Directed by Robert Parrish and written by Irwin Shaw for their Casanna Production Company, it yokes together two of Shaw's short stories: "A Year to Learn the Language" and "In the French Style." The former provides the basis for the first half of the film; the latter, the second half.
In New York they rented an apartment on East Fifty-first Street that, in Chester [sic] words, they envisioned using "as a meeting place for radicals of all kinds." One gathering, to help raise money for the Theatre Union, featured Clifford Odets, Elmer Rice, Irwin Shaw, and Thomas Wolfe.
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