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On Company TimeAmerican Modernism in the Big Magazines$
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Donal Harris

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231177726

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231177726.001.0001

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On the Clock

On the Clock

Rewriting Literary Work at Time Inc.

Chapter:
(p.107) Chapter 3 On the Clock
Source:
On Company Time
Author(s):

Donal Harris

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231177726.003.0004

Time Inc., at one time the largest media conglomerate in the world, invented the “poet-reporter” by strategically hiring modernist authors to develop its uniformly stylish periodical voice. In different ways James Agee's and Walker Evans’ Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Kenneth Fearing’s The Big Clock formalize the felt erasure between personal writing and salaried corporate work that accompanies their jobs in a corporate media company.

Keywords:   Depression modernism, Time Inc, corporate office culture, James Agee, Kenneth Fearing, Dwight Macdonald

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