New Masses. Vol. 1 No. 4. August, 1926.

New Masses. Vol. 1 No. 4. August, 1926.

Contents: Cover by Boardman Robinson, The Pit and the Pendulum by John Dos Passos, God’s Picnic A Heavenly Dialogue by Charles E.S. Wood, The Fur Workers’ Strike by Moissaye J. Olgin, Body and Blood of Christ, Inc. by Thurber Lewis, Two Faces by Waldo Frank, The Ladies God Bless ‘Em by Martha Foley, BOOK REVIEWS by John Damon, Michael Gold, Charles W. Wood, James Rorty and Dorothea Brande, ART BY Peggy Bacon, Maurice Becker, Glenn Coleman, David Burliuk, Hugo Gellert, Art Young, Jane Harris, I. Klein, Wanda Gag, William Siegel, Adolph Dehn, William Gropper, POETRY AND PROSE BY William Ellery Leonard, Carl Rakosi, Beulah May, Louise Townsend Nicoll, Margaret Latimer, Michael Gold, Virginia Moore, Eugene Jolas, David Gordon.

The New Masses was the continuation of Workers Monthly which began publishing in 1924 as a merger of the ‘Liberator’, the Trade Union Educational League magazine ‘Labor Herald’, and Friends of Soviet Russia’s monthly ‘Soviet Russia Pictorial’ as an explicitly Communist Party publication, but drawing in a wide range of contributors and sympathizers. In 1927 Workers Monthly ceased and The New Masses began. A major left cultural magazine of the late 1920s and early 1940s, the early editors of The New Masses included Hugo Gellert, John F. Sloan, Max Eastman, Mike Gold, and Joseph Freeman. Writers included William Carlos Williams, Theodore Dreiser, John Dos Passos, Upton Sinclair, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Day, John Breecher, Langston Hughes, Eugene O’Neill, Rex Stout and Ernest Hemingway. Artists included Hugo Gellert, Stuart Davis, Boardman Robinson, Wanda Gag, William Gropper and Otto Soglow. Over time, the New Masses became narrower politically and the articles more commentary than comment. However, particularly in it first years, New Masses was the epitome of the era’s finest revolutionary cultural and artistic traditions.

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