"Neither highbrows nor lowbrows nor midbrows, but elastic-brows.” — George Orwell
Dwight Macdonald, anti-middlebrow criticDwight Macdonald, anti-middlebrow critic

High-, low-, no-, and hilobrow members of the Partisan Generation include: Albert Camus, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Clement Greenberg (whose 1939 Partisan Review essay, “Avant-Garde and Kitsch,” and 1953 Commentary essay, “The Plight of Our Culture,” are important anti-middlebrow treatises), Cornell Woolrich, Dwight Macdonald (whose 1960 Partisan Review essay, “Masscult and Midcult,” and various New Yorker essays […]

Partisan Review staff (Dwight Macdonald, upper right)partisan

“My starting point is always a feeling of partisan­ship, a sense of injustice.”