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Alfred Kazin's Journals / Richard M. Cook.

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Publication:
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2011]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
At the time of his death in 1998, Alfred Kazin was considered one of the most influential intellectuals of postwar America. What is less well known is that Kazin had been contributing almost daily to an extensive private journal, which arguably contains some of his best writing. These journals collectively tell the story of his journey from Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood to his position as a dominant figure in twentieth-century cultural life. To Kazin, the daily entry was a psychological and spiritual act. To read through these entries is to reexperience history as a series of daily discoveries by an alert, adventurous, if often mercurial intelligence. It is also to encounter an array of interesting and notable personalities. Sketches of friends, mistresses, family figures, and other intellectuals are woven in with commentary on Kazin's childhood, early religious interests, problems with parents, bouts of loneliness, dealings with publishers, and thoughts on the Holocaust. The journals also highlight his engagement with the political and cultural debates of the decades through which he lived. He wrestles with communism, cultural nationalism, liberalism, existentialism, Israel, modernism, and much more.Judiciously selected and edited by acclaimed Kazin biographer Richard Cook, this collection provides the public with access to these previously unavailable writings and, in doing so, offers a fascinating social, historical, literary, and cultural record.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Books by Alfred Kazin
Introduction
1. Starting Out: 1933-1942
2. The Break: 1942-1945
3. A New Time: 1945-1950
4. The Fifties: 1951-1957
5. Return to the City: 1958-1963
6. The Sixties: 1963-1969
7. New York Jew: 1970-1977
8. Love and Politics: 1977-1984
9. Last Years: 1985-1998
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
Cook, Richard M., editor., Editor,
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9780300171655
OCLC:
727948447
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300171655 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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