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Alfred Kazin's journals

"At the time of his death in 1998, Kazin, Alfred was considered on of the most influential intellectuals of postwar America. What is less well known is that Kazin had been contributing almost daily to an extensive private journal, which arguably contains some of his best writing. These journals collectively tell the story of his journey from Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood to his position as a dominant figure in twentieth-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 and 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 ..."--Dust jacket flap
Print Book, English, ©2011
Yale University Press, New Haven [Conn.], ©2011