C. Wright Mills: Letters and Autobiographical Writings by C. Wright MillsC. Wright Mills: Letters and Autobiographical Writings by C. Wright Mills

C. Wright Mills: Letters and Autobiographical Writings

byC. Wright MillsEditorKathryn MillsIntroduction byDan Wakefield

Paperback | September 14, 2001

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 248 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


One of the leading public intellectuals of twentieth-century America and a pioneering and brilliant social scientist, C. Wright Mills left a legacy of interdisciplinary and hard-hitting work including two books that changed the way many people viewed their lives and the structure of power in the United States: White Collar (1951) and The Power Elite (1956). Mills persistently challenged the status quo within his profession--as in The Sociological Imagination (1959)--and within his country, until his untimely death in 1962. This collection of letters and writings, edited by his daughters, allows readers to see behind Mills's public persona for the first time.

Mills's letters to prominent figures--including Saul Alinsky, Daniel Bell, Lewis Coser, Carlos Fuentes, Hans Gerth, Irving Howe, Dwight MacDonald, Robert K. Merton, Ralph Miliband, William Miller, David Riesman, and Harvey Swados--are joined by his letters to family members, letter-essays to an imaginary friend in Russia, personal narratives by his daughters, and annotations drawing on published and unpublished material, including the FBI file on Mills.
C. Wright Mills was a maverick social scientist who taught in Copenhagen, London, and Mexico City in addition to the United States. His work has been translated into twenty-three languages. Kathryn Mills works for a book publisher in Boston. Pamela Mills teaches American literature and composition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dan Wakefie...
Title:C. Wright Mills: Letters and Autobiographical WritingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:406 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:September 14, 2001Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520232097

ISBN - 13:9780520232099

Look for similar items by category:


Rated 5 out of 5 by from required reading for contemporary sociologists I have long been a fan of C. Wright Mills. This enabled me to understand much more of his life and times as they affected and were affected by Mills' work. When I wrote my sociological textbook, this made it so much easier to talk about Mills, to talk about him in a way that would make him more relevant to contemporary sociology students.
Date published: 2010-01-24

Table of Contents

Remembrance by Kathryn Mills
My Father Haunts Me by Pamela Mills
Introduction by Dan Wakefield
I. Growing Up in Texas, 1916-1939
II. Graduate Studies: Madison, Wisconsin, 1939 - 1941
III. Starting Out: College Park, Maryland, 1941 - 1945
IV. Taking it Big: New York, New York, 1945 - 1956
V. An American Aboriginal Goes Cosmopolitan: Europe, New York, and Mexico, 1956-1960
VI. The Last Two Years: New York and Cuba, 1960-1962
Books by C. Wright Mills: American and Foreign editions
Notes on Selected Correspondents
About the Editors
Glossary of Abbreviations

Editorial Reviews

"The letters are at their best displaying Mills' outsize personality. Almost every page conveys energy, vitality, immense animal spirits."--"In These Times