All That is Solid Melts Into Air is an academic text that was written by Marshall Berman. It was crafted between the years of 1971 and 1981, and it was published in 1982 in New York City. The majority of the book looks at the sometimes incompatible relationship between modernism and the modernization of the social and economic facets of today's world. The title of the text is directly drawn from the manifesto authored by Karl Mark and Friedrich Engels entitled Communist Manifesto.
Throughout the book, Berman uses a number of texts to support his claims. In one section, he uses Faust, but Goethe, to show characteristics of modernization, including developing, loving, and dreaming, in a work of literature. In another, he selects a swath of Marxist texts as a vehicle to look at the self-destructive characteristics of modernization. In two other sections, a vareity of writings are shown to be examples of modernist writings, including French poety (especially that of Baudelaire) and a wide range of Russian literature (inlcuding works by Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, Bely, Gogol, and Mandelstam, among others). The book also, in the conclusion, makes some comments on the modernism in New York City in the 1960s and 1970s.
Even today, All That is Solid Melts Into Air is widely thought to be one of the greatest books on modernism of all time. The book looks closely at some of the dramatic social changes that modernism caused for the lives of millions of people, and by delving into the anaslysis of numerous literary works, it offers one of the most comprehensive analyses of modernity that has been crafted to date.