Writing Was Everthing
By (author) Alfred Kazin
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Writing Was Everthing by Alfred Kazin
Book DescriptionFor more than sixty years Alfred Kazin has been one of the most eloquent witnesses to the literary life of the mind in America. "Writing Was Everything" is a summation of that life, a story of coming of age as a writer and critic that is also a vibrant cultural drama teeming with such characters as Hart Crane and Allen Ginsburg, Simone Weil and Flannery O'Connor, Hannah Arendt and Robert Lowell, Edmund Wilson and George Orwell. A blend of autobiography, history and criticism that moves from New York in the 1930s to wartime England to the postwar South, "Writing Was Everything" emerges as a reaffirmation of literature in an age of deconstruction and critical dogma. In his encounters with books, Kazin shows us how great writing "matters" and how it involves us morally, socially and personally on the deepest level. Whether reflecting on modernism, southern fiction, or black, Jewish, and "New York" writing or reliving the work of Richard Wright, Saul Bellow, and John Cheever, he gives a penetrating, moving account of literature observed and lived. In his life as a crtiic, Kazin personifies the lesson that living and writing are necessarily intimate. "Writing Was Everything" encapsulates the lively wit and authority of this timeless critic's unmistakable voice. It stands as clear testimony to Kazin's belief that "literature is not theory but, at best, the value we can give to our experience, which in our century has been and remains beyond the imagination of mankind".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674962385
(203mm x 127mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 5-May-1999
Country of Publication: United States
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Call it Sleep, Paperback (October 2006)
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New York Jew, Paperback (August 1996)» View all books by Alfred Kazin
Alfred Kazin, one of the central figures of intellectual life for three decades in the middle of the 20th century, tells his own story and with it a history of contemporary American letters.
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