Lionel Trilling and Whittaker Chambers, both significant intellectuals of the early Cold War, first met at Columbia College in the 1920s. An assessment of these two figures as products of the same university demonstrates how they could occupy rival positions in postwar American intellectual life, while using a vocabulary and set of references that was startlingly similar.
Michael Kimmage is Assistant Professor of History at Catholic University of America. His main fields are American intellectual history and twentieth-century U.S. politics. His book, The Conservative Turn: Lionel Trilling, Whittaker Chambers, and the Lessons of Anti-Communism, was recently published by Harvard University Press.
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