Dorothy Thompson and German Writers in Defense of Democracy

October 31, 2020
Dorothy Thompson and German Writers in Defense of Democracy

Drawing on a wealth of archival material, this book investigateswork and life of Dorothy Thompson, the eminent journalist who in1928 married American novelist Sinclair Lewis. In the followingdecade she became the most influential American woman next toEleanor Roosevelt.Thompson's extensive network of friends and collaboratorsincluded prominent personalities on both sides of the Atlantic:Hamilton Fish Armstrong, Lion Feuchtwanger, Marcel Fodor, BenHuebsch, Annette Kolb, Fritz Kortner, Thomas Mann, H. L. Mencken,Helmuth James von Moltke, Eugenie Schwarzwald, Christa Winsloe, andCarl Zuckmayer. Her prolific public engagement against Hitler andon behalf of refugees and exiled writers was based on theconviction that one was not possible without the other.A fierce opponent of isolationism, she declared thatindifference towards totalitarianism or the refugee crisis woulddestroy democracy not only abroad but also in the UnitedStates.