Anti-Americanism Criticism: Literary And Intellectual Perspectives - Essay

Maxim Gorky (essay date 1906)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Gorky, Maxim. “Maxim Gorky.” In Broken Image: Foreign Critiques of America, edited by Gerald Emanuel Stearn, pp. 172-88. New York: Random House, 1972.

[In the following excerpt, originally published by Gorky in 1906, the Russian author reflects on his impressions of America following his expulsion from his own home country.]

Everywhere is toil, everything is caught up in its whirlwind, everybody obeys the will of some mysterious power hostile to man and to nature. A machine, a cold, unseen, unreasoning machine, in which man is but an insignificant screw!

—Maxim Gorky, “The City of Mammon,”...

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H. G. Wells (essay date 1906)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Wells, H. G. “H. G. Wells.” In Broken Image: Foreign Critiques of America, edited by Gerald Emanuel Stearn, pp. 189-201. New York: Random House, 1972.

[In the following excerpt, originally published in 1906, English author H. G. Wells reflects on the lives of black Americans living in America during the early twentieth century.]

Three unfortunate Negroes were burned to death, apparently because they were Negroes. It was a sort of racial sacrament. The edified Sunday-school children hurried from their gospel-teaching to search for souvenirs among the ashes, and competed with great spirit for a fragment of charred skull.

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Alan Ryan (essay date 1995)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Ryan, Alan. “Bertrand Russell's Politics: 1688 or 1968?” In Adventures with Britannia: Personalities, Politics, and Culture in Britain, edited by William Roger Louis, pp. 93-107. London/Austin, England and United States: I. B. Tauris Publishers and Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, 1995.

[In the following essay, Ryan recounts Bertrand Russell's views on American life, noting that while Russell detested many characteristic features of American life, he was also a proponent of the United States serving as the self-conscious, responsible leader of the Western world.]

If Bertrand Russell is remembered in the United States by anyone other than formal...

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