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Alfred Kazin


Who is Alfred Kazin?

Alfred Kazin was an American writer and literary critic, many of whose writings depicted the immigrant experience in early twentieth century America.

  • born on (100 years ago) in Brownsville
  • nationality: United States of America
  • education:
  • profession: Writer, critic
  • parent of Michael Kazin
  • died on (17 years ago) in Upper West Side
  • written works: "New York Jew", "Writing Was Everything", "God and the American Writer", "An American procession", "A Walker in the City", "Alfred Kazin's America", "A Lifetime Burning in Every Moment", "Starting out in the thirties", "The inmost leaf", "Contemporaries, from the 19th Century to the Present", "A writer's America", "Instructor's Manual for The Open Form", "Inmost Self", "En Tierra Nativa", "The Emmy Parrish lectures in American studies", "Selected Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorn", "The open form: essays for our time", "Fiction and New England"
  • some of the nominations and awards:
      • Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences, US & Canada (American Literature)
      • nominated to National Book Award for Nonfiction - "A Walker in the City"
      • nominated to National Book Award for Nonfiction - "Contemporaries, from the 19th Century to the Present"
      • nominated to National Book Award for Arts and Letters (Nonfiction) - "Starting out in the thirties"
      • nominated to National Book Award for Contemporary Thought - "New York Jew"
      • Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award
      • Truman Capote Lifetime Achievement Award in Literary Criticism
      • nominated to National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism - "God and the American Writer"

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Google previewAfter Genocide (2014)

How Ordinary Jews Face the Holocaust by Sue Lieberman

Alfred Kazin is a Jewish American writer and critic who, it would appear, initially sought to relate to the then recent events of the Holocaust through befriending Wiesel, but who later became estranged from him. Lawrence Langer is a literary ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (2015)

by Chris Baldick

The principal figures in its early phase were Lionel Trilling, Philip Rahv, Delmore Schwartz, Alfred Kazin, Richard Chase, Diana Trilling, Mary McCarthy, and Dwight McDonald; they were joined at later stages by Irving Howe, Richard Poirier, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Literature and Politics: H-R (2005)

by M. Keith Booker

The young Alfred Kazin seized on this pair of books as symptomatic of everything wrong with "overreaching" — "earnest but essentially unimaginative" — thirties Marxist criticism, which, in Kazin's estimate, "mechanically ignores the writer in ...

Google previewDictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume 1 (2001)

The Authors by Philip A. Greasley

contains a wide variety of original essays and appreciations by friends and colleagues such as Sir Herbert Read, Alan Tate, Alfred Kazin, Frank MacShane, and Kay Boyle ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 13: Gender by Nancy Bercaw, Ted Ownby

Alfred Kazin said, simply, that autobiography “is what a gifted writer makes of it.” Despite its openness in form, the genre was, with few exceptions, defined as primarily the preserve of men. Women's life stories, often focusing on private rather ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater (2011)

1930-2010 by James Fisher

Alfred Kazin writes, “'The love that dare not speak its name' ...

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Alfred Kazin

America by Alfred Kazin, edited by Ted Solotaroff

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Quotes about Alfred Kazin

One writes to make a home for oneself, on paper, in time and in others' minds. (Alfred Kazin)
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