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Starting Out in the Thirties (Cornell Paperbacks)

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ISBN-13: 978-0801495625
ISBN-10: 0801495628
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The great American literary critic Alfred Kazin's passion for books grew out of his belief in their power to shape the real world. First published in 1965, this classic memoir chronicles Kazin's apprentice years, during which he enthusiastically participated in New York's left-wing cultural life--vivid portraits of V.F. Calverton, Philip Rahv, and Malcolm Cowley are among the book's many pleasures--while writing his pioneering study of American literature, On Native Grounds. Few authors convey their love for art as infectiously as does Kazin in descriptions of works as diverse as Fontemara by Ignazio Silone and Awake and Sing by Clifford Odets. He writes with equal warmth about family, friends, and lovers. --Wendy Smith
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Product Details

  • Series: Cornell Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press (February 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801495628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801495625
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,265,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Philip Lohman on July 19, 2016
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A fast-paced, vivid description of an all-but-forgotten era. New York immigrant culture, the pervasive Yiddishkeit, radical politics, youth and optimism, and a literary milieu of fiery, passionate -- and very young -- writers. It's a wonderful sequel to A Walker in the City, Kazin's first book -- and also a small masterpiece. I allow myself five pages a day, to make it last as long as possible. It's that good.
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Alfred Kazin was in his time one of the most distinguished American literary critics. His breakthrough book 'On Native Grounds' established him as a major critic of American Literature. But it may well be that the writing he will be most remembered for is his memoir- journals.In these he not only reflects upon his own story but presents a picture of major literary characters of his time. He creates a sense of the mood of the time and place. From the beginnings in great poverty in Williamsburg his story is an American adventure in which he comes to know and meet many of the major creative and even political figures of his time. In this journal- memoir he writes with feeling of the world he came from, and the world across the bridge he aspired to. This work is a prelude to his 'Walker in the City' which would be for many the most outstanding of these journal- memoir works.
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