Kazin, Alfred

Kazin, Alfred

(kā`zĭn), 1915–98, American critic, b. New York City, grad. College of the City of New York (B.S., 1935) and Columbia (M.A., 1938). Kazin was one of the outstanding literary critics of his time. His first book, the influential and pioneering On Native Grounds (1942), is a critical study of American prose literature from HowellsHowells, William Dean,
1837–1920, American novelist, critic, and editor, b. Martins Ferry, Ohio. Both in his own novels and in his critical writing, Howells was a champion of realism in American literature.
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1897–1962, American novelist, b. New Albany, Miss., one of the great American writers of the 20th cent. Born into an old Southern family named Falkner, he changed the spelling of his last name to Faulkner when he published his first book, a collection of
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. His later essay collections include The Inmost Leaf (1955), Contemporaries (1962), Bright Book of Life (1973), An American Procession (1984), Writing Was Everything (1995), and God & the American Writer (1997).

Bibliography

See his autobiographical works, A Walker in the City (1951), Starting Out in the Thirties (1965), and New York Jew (1978), as well as A Lifetime Burning in Every Moment: From the Journals of Alfred Kazin (1996) and Alfred Kazin's Journals (2011, ed. by R. M. Cook); memoir by his wife, novelist Ann Birstein, What I Saw at the Fair (2003); biography by R. M. Cook (2008).

Kazin, Alfred

(1915–  ) literary critic, autobiographer; born in New York City. He was educated at City College and Columbia University, and with Irving Howe belonged in the 1940s to the "New York Intellectuals." Kazin became famous for On Native Grounds (1942), his classic study of modern American prose, a literature he would reinterpret in An American Procession (1982). He taught and lectured widely and reached a popular audience with an autobiographical trilogy beginning with A Walker in the City (1951).
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