(24.) Greenberg, Irving
, For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity (Philadelphia, PA: The Jewish Publication Society, 2004), p.
. For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity.
. Living in the Image of God: Jewish Teachings to Perfect the World, New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.
Alfred Kazin was one of those unaffiliated intellectuals who dominated the American literary landscape in the 20th century, toward the end of a line that included Van Wyck Brooks, Randolph Bourne, Edmund Wilson, Harold Rosenberg, Clement Greenberg, Irving
Howe, Susan Sontag, and Cynthia Ozick.
Almost all of the writers here excerpted--Philip Rahv, Clement Greenberg, Irving
Kristol, Norman Podhoretz, Daniel Bell, Meyer Schapiro, Lionel and Diana Trilling, Irving Howe, Alfred Kazin, and Sidney Hook--shared a similar ethnic background.
The idea was not new, but Howe's statement of it brought back to me that wonderful moment, in the 1950s, when I discovered the attractions of the tonality shared by Sidney Hook, Clement Greenberg, Irving
Kristol, Saul Bellow, and a dozen or so others--including Howe himself, who seemed placid by comparison with some of his colleagues but nevertheless looked (from quiet, earnest Canada) like a ferocious defender of the truth, or at least that small part of the truth he glimpsed.