Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-261) and index.
1. Introduction: Literature and Mass Culture in the Thirties -- 2. Hard Times, Modern Times -- 3. The Politics of Literary Failure: Fearing, Mass Culture, and the Canon -- 4. The Undercover Agent and the Culture of the Spectacle -- 5. "Zowie Did He Live and Zowie Did He Die": Mass Culture and the Fragmentation of Experience -- 6. "A Surfeit of Shoddy": West and the Spectacle of Culture -- 7. "When You Wish upon a Star": Fantasy, Experience, and Mass Culture -- 8. The Storyteller, the Novelist, and the Advice Columnist -- Epilogue: "Happy Ending"
Examines the response of American leftist writers from the 1930s to the rise of mass culture.