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In this book, Alfred Kazin, who for more than 30 years has been one of the central figures of America's intellectual life, takes us into his own life and times. His autobiography encompasses a personal story openly told; an inside look at New York's innermost intellectual circles; strong and intimate revelations of many of the most important writers of the century; and brilliantly astute observations of the literary accomplishments, atmosphere, and fads of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s in the context of America's shifting political gales.
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Product Details

  • Series: New York Classics
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815604130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815604136
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,743,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a life! It's hard to begrudge Kazin for dropping names like a Hollywood hopeful, because the people in his life, and this book, are some of the most interesting and influential Americans of this century. With a fair mix of Manhattanite pretension and honest intellect, Kazin traces the trajectory of his life, or lives, as a New York Jew. In doing so, he gestures towards everthing from turn of the century midwest American hardship to provinciality to the changing face of the American Left and the various outposts of American Intellectualism: New York, Chicago, Philadelphia. In an appropriate irony, his intimate, personal story is almost consumed by the focus on public discourse and history. Kazin's story is the story of a mood, a climate; it is a history, primarily, and one told by an admirable intellectual whose personal life is occassionally shared with as much honesty and effect as is necessary to maintain the grand, sweeping vision of the story. An excellent look at 20th Century American intellectual history from a distinctly American viewpoint.
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A sharp look at NYC literary world in the 1860s to the 1070.
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Interesting vivid memoir
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