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A Very Dangerous CitizenAbraham Lincoln Polonsky and the Hollywood Left$
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Paul Buhle

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223837

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223837.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
A Very Dangerous Citizen

Paul Buhle

Dave Wagner

University of California Press

Abraham Lincoln Polonsky was described as one of the American culture's most intriguing personalities in the twentieth century. He was discovered by Hollywood. He was publicly idolized but privately viewed as a troublemaker, suspected of monstrous plans, casted out, and finally he had revived from these description by many. His life as a writer, novelist, educator, scriptwriter, and so on would be revealing even if he had never turned to films. A reviewer from the New York Times had noted Polonsky's come back from the bad appearance that he had made was hailed as American film's greatest single loss to McCarthyism.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, Polonsky, film, writer, Hollywood

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