Peter Conn


On his book The American 1930s: A Literary History

Cover Interview of June 11, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Against the simplification of history.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The 1930s were years of rich and diverse creativity, in which artists and writers responded to the crisis in a wide assortment of ways. In the imagination of the thirties, optimism competed with pessimism, and comedy co-existed with tragedy.”

On the second:

“No single explanation or formula will be sufficient to encompass the multifarious motives and choices through which the men and women of vanished decades defined themselves.”