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Cook, Richard M Alfred Kazin - A Biography
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Richard M Cook

Alfred Kazin

A Biography

€ 76.95

Born in 1915 to barely literate Jewish immigrants in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, Alfred Kazin rose from near poverty to become a dominant figure in twentieth-century literary criticism and one of America's last great men of letters. Biographer Richard Cook provides a portrait of Kazin in his public roles and in his frequently unhappy private life. Drawing on the personal journals Kazin kept for over 60 years, private correspondence, and numerous conversations with Kazin, he uncovers the full story of the lonely, stuttering boy from Jewish Brownsville who became a pioneering critic and influential cultural commentator. Upon the appearance of On Native Grounds in 1942, Kazin was dubbed 'the boy wonder of American criticism'. Numerous publications followed, including "A Walker in the City" and two other memoirs, books of criticism, as well as a stream of essays and reviews that ceased only with his death in 1998. Cook tells of Kazin's childhood, his troubled marriages, and his relations with such figures as Lionel Trilling, Saul Bellow, Malcolm Cowley, Arthur Schlesinger, Hannah Arendt, and Daniel Bell. He illuminates Kazin's thinking on political-cultural issues and the recurring way in which his personal life shaped his career as a public intellectual. Particular attention is paid to Kazin's sense of himself as a Jewish-American 'loner' whose inner estrangements gave him insight into the divisions at the heart of modern culture.

Taal / Language : English

Acknowledgments, ix
CHAPTER 1. Brownsville, 1
CHAPTER 2. The Thirties: Starting Out, 21
CHAPTER 3. The Thirties: On Native Grounds, 39
CHAPTER 4. The Break (1942-1945), 72
CHAPTER 5. After the Apocalypse (1945-1950), 107
CHAPTER 6. A Walker in the City, 146
CHAPTER 7. Living in the Fifties (1951-1958), 168
CHAPTER 8. The Writer in the World: Part 1 (1958-1963), 209
CHAPTER 9. The Writer in the World: Part 2 (1963-1970), 251
CHAPTER 10. New York Jew (1970-1978), 294
CHAPTER 11. A New Life (1978-1984), 325
CHAPTER 12. Politics, 351
CHAPTER 13. `The End of Things` (1984-1998), 376
Notes, 413
Index, 441
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448 pagina's
Januari 2008
771 gram
241 x 165 x 44 mm
Yale University Press us

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