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Lewis Mumford: A Bibliography / E. Letters to the Editor

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Note: Mumford's letters written to periodicals responding to criticism of his articles in those periodicals are listed where the original articles are cited in this bibliography.
E1 "Constructive Criticism."
Freeman, I (March 24, 1920), 34-35.


E2 "A Study in Social Distemper.
Freeman, II (February 9, 1921), 519-20.


E3 "By Way of Explanation."
Freeman, III (March 30, 1921), 66.


E4 [Comments on Robert Lynd's The Passion of Labour.]
Freeman, III (June 1, 1921), 286.


E5 "The Pragmatic Acquiescence: A Reply."
New Republic, XLIX (January 19, 1927), 250-51.

Addressed to John Dewey.


E6 [A Communication.]
Sociological Review, XXI (July 1929), 252-53.


E7 "Toward a Publication of [Charles S.] Peirce's Works."
New Republic, LXV (December 30, 1930), 195.


E8 "The Uneconomic Mooring Mast" [on the Empire State Building.]
New York Times, June 13, 1931, p. 14.


E9 "Parks and Bridges."
New Republic, LXIX (December 30, 1931), 192.


E10 "Esthetics and Public Works."
New Republic, LXXV (August 9, 1933), 344.


E11 "Roosevelt and Public Works."
New Republic, LXXVI (October 11, 1933), 243-44.


E12 "On the Road to Collectivism."
New Republic, LXXXI (February 6, 1935), 361-62.


E13 "A Memorial for Geddes."
New Republic, LXXXVI (March 4, 1936), 112.

The same letter, asking for funds to endow Outlook Tower and to support the editing of Patrick Geddes' papers, appeared with the title "Memorial to a Great Planner" in American City, LI (March 1936), 101.


E14 "Mr. Moses' Plan Criticized."
New York Times, December 3, 1938, p. 18.

Signed by Mumford and seven others. A second letter, replying to Mr. Moses' response to the letter of December 3, was published in the New York Times, December 14, 1938, p. 24. The same individuals signed the second letter.


E15 "Embargo Against Reich."
New York Times, Section IV (September 17, 1939), p. 9.


E16 "Resignations Accepted."
New Republic, CII (June 10, 1940), 795.

Mumford's letter of resignation as contributing editor expressing strong disapproval of the magazine's irresolute stand against fascism. Waldo Frank's letter of resignation also was published in this issue.


E17 "Food, for Revolt."
New York Herald Tribune, October 3, 1940, p. 22.

In reply to criticism of this letter, Mumford wrote another letter with the title "Norway's Brave Stand," which was published in the New York Herald Tribune, October 14, 1940, p. 16.


E17.1 "Frank Lloyd's Wright's Defeatism Aids Slave Empire--Mumford."
New Leader, XXIV (June 14, 1941), p. 8.


E18 "Two Letters from Readers."
New Republic, CV (September 8, 1941), 311-12.

Mumford's letter supports an editorial calling for the declaration of war against the Axis.


E19 [Letter to John Chamberlain, Book Editor.]
New York Times, August 29, 1942, p. 13.

This letter appeared in Mr. Chamberlain's column "Books of the Times." Mumford discusses American literary criticism of the 1920's.


E20 "Garden City v. Suburbanism."
New Republic, CX (January 10, 1944), 55.

Mumford comments further on this topic in the same volume, issue of February 28, 1944, p. 283.


E21 "Roman Account Stirs Reader; Protests Judgments of Mob Made by Mr. Matthews [New York Times correspondent] at Fascist's Trial."
New York Times, September 28, 1944, p. 18.


E22 "Mr. Beard and His Basic History.'"
Saturday Review of Literature, XXVII (December 2, 1944), 27.


E13 "A Memorial for Geddes."
New Republic, LXXXVI (March 4, 1936), 112.

The same letter, asking for funds to endow Outlook Tower and to support the editing of Patrick Geddes' papers, appeared with the title "Memorial to a Great Planner" in American City, LI (March 1936), 101.


E14 "Mr. Moses' Plan Criticized."
New York Times, December 3, 1938, p. 18.

Signed by Mumford and seven others. A second letter, replying to Mr. Moses' response to the letter of December 3, was published in the New York Times, December 14, 1938, p. 24. The same individuals signed the second letter.


E15 "Embargo Against Reich."
New York Times, Section IV (September 17, 1939), p. 9.


E16 "Resignations Accepted."
New Republic, CII (June 10, 1940), 795.

Mumford's letter of resignation as contributing editor expressing strong disapproval of the magazine's irresolute stand against fascism. Waldo Frank's letter of resignation also was published in this issue.


E17 "Food, for Revolt."
New York Herald Tribune, October 3, 1940, p. 22.

In reply to criticism of this letter, Mumford wrote another letter with the title "Norway's Brave Stand," which was published in the New York Herald Tribune, October 14, 1940, p. 16.


E17.1 "Frank Lloyd's Wright's Defeatism Aids Slave Empire--Mumford."
New Leader, June 14, 1941.


E18 "Two Letters from Readers."
New Republic, CV (September 8, 1941), 311-12.

Mumford's letter supports an editorial calling for the declaration of war against the Axis.


E19 [Letter to John Chamberlain, Book Editor.]
New York Times, August 29, 1942, p. 13.

This letter appeared in Mr. Chamberlain's column "Books of the Times." Mumford discusses American literary criticism of the 1920's.


E20 "Garden City v. Suburbanism."
New Republic, CX (January 10, 1944), 55.

Mumford comments further on this topic in the same volume, issue of February 28, 1944, p. 283.


E21 "Roman Account Stirs Reader; Protests Judgments of Mob Made by Mr. Matthews [New York Times correspondent] at Fascist's Trial."
New York Times, September 28, 1944, p. 18.


E22 "Mr. Beard and His Basic History.'"
Saturday Review of Literature, XXVII (December 2, 1944), 27.


E23 "Youth Conscription Called Callous."
New York Herald Tribune, December 14, 1944, p. 22.


E24 "Stop and Think."
Progressive Architecture-Pencil Points, XXVII (April 1946), 10.

Criticism of Kenneth Reid's proposal for a United Nations building.


E25 "A Letter from Lewis Mumford, Hon. M.T.P.I."
Town Planning Institute. Journal, XXXII (September-October 1946), 229.

Expresses gratitude to the Town Planning Institute for conferring honorary membership on him.


E26 "City Hall and Queens College."
New York Herald Tribune, February 23, 1949, p. 22.


E27 "Encyclopedic Errors."
Saturday Review of Literature, XXXII (June 25, 1949), 28.


E28 "Moral Implications of Our Atomic War Policy."
New York Herald Tribune, Section 2 (July 3, 1949), p. 5.


E29 "Our Military Policy. Reliance on Atom Warfare Said to Defeat Our Goals."
New York Times, Section IV (June 11, 1950), p. 8.


E30 "America's Unpreparedness."
New York Herald Tribune, August 7, 1950, p. 10.


E31 "Against Draft of 18-Year-Olds."
New York Times, January 20, 1951, p. 14.


E32 "The Black Silence of Fear.'"
New York Times Magazine, January 27, 1952, p. 5.

Mumford's comments on Associate Supreme Court Justice William O.Douglas's article in the Times with the above title. Suggests Douglas as Democratic presidential candidate.


E33 "Policy on [Hydrogen] Bomb Examined."
New York Times, Section IV (March 28, 1954), p. 10.

Included in the collection of Mumford's essays and other writings, The Human Prospect (1955), as a "Postscript" to the essay entitled "Program for Survival." Also included in William A. Williams, ed. The Shaping of American Diplomacy. Chicago: Rand McNally and Co., 1956. pp. 1028-30.

Mumford says this met the widest response of all his letters to the editor. He received over 100 responses, nearly all commendatory.


E34 "War Weapons Condemned."
New York Times, Section IV (November 27, 1955), p. 8.


E35 "A Communication."
Washington Post, November 11, 1957, p. A-15.

Mumford comments on Soviet launching of two satellites.


E36 "To Change China Policy."
New York Times, Section IV (September 28, 1958), p. 8.


E37 "Making Nuclear Decisions; Right of Specialists to Determine Fate of Populations Challenged."
New York Times, July 6, 1959, p. 26.


E38 "10th Anniversary Letters."
Landscape, X (Fall 1960), 5.

Mumford's tribute to Landscape on its tenth anniversary.


E39 "Strangelove' Reactions."
New York Times, Section II (March 1, 1964), p. 8.

Mumford comments on the theme of the motion picture "Dr. Strangelove."


E40 "F. D. R. [Franklin D. Roosevelt] Memorial."
New York Times, Section IV (August 16, 1964), p. 8.


E41 "Lettre de M. Lewis Mumford."
Comprendre (Société Européene de Culture), no. 28 (1965), 273.

Explains his opposition to U.S. Vietnam policy and his fears of its consequences.


E42 "Playing Russian Roulette in Vietnam."
San Francisco Chronicle, March 3, 1965, p. 38.

Also published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 3, 1965, p. 2-B, with the title "A Letter to the President."

Reprinted in My Works and Days (1979), with the title "Open Letter to President Lyndon Johnson."


E43 "Michael Gold."
Catholic Worker, XXXIII (July/August 1967), 8.

Mumford's comments on the occasion of the death of the contemporary author.


E44 "The Pentagon of Power."
New York Times Book Review, January 10, 1971, p. 36+.

Mumford's reply to criticism of The Myth of the Machine: II. The Pentagon of Power (1970) published in the review by Professor Gerald Holton in the New York Times Book Review, December 13, 1970.

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