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Alfred Kazin's Journals

by Richard M. Cook

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Pub Date: 2012
Format: Paperback with bw illus.
Pages: 598 pp.
Size: 6.00 x 9.25 inches

ISBN: 9780300187953
TB Code: 1905298
Availability: 119 in stock

At the time of his death in 1998, Alfred Kazin was considered one of the most influential intellectuals of postwar America. His journals collectively tell the story of his journey from Brooklyn's Brownsville neighbourhood to his position as a dominant figure in 20th-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.

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