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Description - Irving Howe-Socialist, Critic, Jew by Edward Alexander

... scrupulous, fair-minded and richly-detailed study... the book charts one of the most remarkable intellectual careers of the 20th century's latter half.... What is most heartening about Mr. Alexander's biography is its exemplary civility and nuance in discussing ideas across the lines of political difference." -Nathan Glick, Washington TimesAnyone interested in Howe's varied career, and the historical context that has given it its particular shape-American radicalism, the Cold War and anticommunism, the New Left, literary modernism, Jewish life-will profit handsomely from reading Alexander's respectful book." -Wilson QuarterlyEdward Alexander's captivating study of Irving Howe is illuminating andscrupulous; it is also temperate, generous, and deeply fair-minded. IfHowe were alive, he would thank the author-and even now, in Paradise, heis surely doing so (while hotly continuing the discussion)."-Cynthia Ozick... a singular achievement." -Jerusalem Post... a masterpiece" -National Jewish Post and Opinion... meticulous scholarship, felicitous writing style and a literate feistiness." -Chicago Jewish StarAn excellent work of insight and criticism, recommended for academic libraries." -Library JournalAn insightful, balanced contribution..." -BooklistEdward Alexander's estimable intellectual biography... studiously avoids both undue sentimentality and overly harsh censure." -Sanford Pinsker, Philadelphia InquirerEdward Alexander's well-informed and engaging portrait of Irving Howe does full justice to the complexities of mind and the political passions of one of this country's leading intellectuals. This bracing, perceptive study honors Howe's admirable career by treating it with the same high degree of moral seriousness that characterized Howe's own work at its best." -Alvin H. RosenfeldIrving Howe, author of World of Our Fathers, the prize-winning history of American Jewish immigrant

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253333643
ISBN-10: 0253333644
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 22-Apr-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Edward Alexander

Edward Alexander is Professor of English at the University of Washington. His books include Matthew Arnold, John Ruskin, and the Modern Temper; The Resonance of Dust: Essays on Holocaust Literature and Jewish Fate; Isaac Bashevis Singer: A Study of the Short Fiction; and The Holocaust and the War of Ideas.

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