Robert Cantwell—pioneer of the modern Pacific Northwest novel and Ernest Hemingway’s “best bet” for American fiction—has remained relatively unknown in the history of American literature. Until now. 654 more words
Robert Cantwell was novelist, editor, critic and left-wing political activist. His first book of fiction, The Land of Plenty, garnered attention from his fellow authors including Ernest Hemingway who pronounced him the "best bet" for the best author of his generation. Ultimately, he did not become the voice of his generation. Instead, he made his living working as an editor for Time, Fortune, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated. T. V. Reed examines the writings and life of Robert Cantwell in his new book published by the University of Washington Press, Robert Cantwell and the Literary Left. Reed stated in his University of Press Blog post that he he hopes his new book will remind readers "that social class inequality in America is a key fact we must face head-on if we are to honor out pledge of liberty and justice for all."