By C. Wright Mills, Kathryn Mills, Dan Wakefield
Mills's letters to admired figures--including Saul Alinsky, Daniel Bell, Lewis Coser, Carlos Fuentes, Hans Gerth, Irving Howe, Dwight MacDonald, Robert ok. Merton, Ralph Miliband, William Miller, David Riesman, and Harvey Swados--are joined by way of his letters to relatives, letter-essays to an imaginary buddy in Russia, own narratives through his daughters, and annotations drawing on released and unpublished fabric, together with the FBI dossier on Mills.
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I saw Mills once while he was immersed in this preparation, and he was terribly worried, alternately unsure of himself and brashly conﬁdent. He seemed to take it as some crucial test that he would either pass or ﬂunk with profound results, as if it were a matter of life and death, which in some weird way it turned out to be. One or two nights before the broadcast in December 1960, Mills had his ﬁrst major heart attack. Walter Klink drove me out to visit him the next month. It was incredible to see Mills in a sickbed, and yet his old ﬁre and enthusiasm hadn’t left him.
But I don’t really know them. ” It was with White Collar that Mills really ﬁrst broke free from the constrictions of formal academic sociology, in terms of both style and audience. ” How successfully Mills delivered such insights can be seen in his readers’ response to White Collar and The Power Elite, as well as to later, shorter works that were a kind of high-level “pamphleteering,” as Mills himself described them: The Causes of World War Three, his impassioned plea for an end to the nuclear arms race, and Listen, Yankee, his early argument for the Cuban revolution from the viewpoint of a Cuban revolutionary.
Wright Mills, letter to the editor, politics 5, no. 2 (spring 1948): 125–26. 15 introduction Themes emerge from the letters that not only show Mills’s personal and intellectual concerns but reveal much about his character. His lifelong dedication to the development of his writing skills and his eagerness for instruction— his humility in asking for it even from his harshest critics—can serve as a model of commitment and integrity for anyone aspiring to creative work. ” He revealed how deeply and seriously he regarded his writing when he said in a letter to his parents in 1946 that he regarded the book he was working on (White Collar ) as “my little work of art: it will have to stand for the operations I never will do, not being a surgeon, and for the houses I never built, not being an architect.
C. Wright Mills: Letters and Autobiographical Writings by C. Wright Mills, Kathryn Mills, Dan Wakefield