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Writing Was Everything (William E. Massey, Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization)

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For more than sixty years Alfred Kazin has been one of the most eloquent witnesses to the literary life of the mind in America. Writing Was Everything is a summation of that life, a story of coming of age as a writer and critic that is also a vibrant cultural drama teeming with such characters as Hart Crane and Allen Ginsberg, Simone Weil and Flannery O'Connor, Hannah Arendt and Robert Lowell, Edmund Wilson and George Orwell.

A deft blend of autobiography, history, and criticism that moves from New York in the 1930s to wartime England to the postwar South, Writing Was Everything emerges as a reaffirmation of literature in an age of deconstruction and critical dogma. In his encounters with books, Kazin shows us how great writing matters and how it involves us morally, socially, and personally on the deepest level. Whether reflecting on modernism, southern fiction, or black, Jewish, and New Yorker writing or reliving the work of Richard Wright, Saul Bellow, and John Cheever, he gives a penetrating, moving account of literature observed and lived. In his life as a critic, Kazin personifies the lesson that living and writing are necessarily intimate.

Writing Was Everything encapsulates the lively wit and authority of this timeless critic's unmistakable voice. It stands as clear testimony to Kazin's belief that "literature is not theory but, at best, the value we can give to our experience, which in our century has been and remains beyond the imagination of mankind."

Synopsis:

For more than sixty years Alfred Kazin has been one of the most eloquent witnesses to the literary life of the mind in America. Writing Was Everythingis asummation of that life, a story of coming of age as a writer and critic that is also a vibrant cultural drama teeming with such characters as Hart Crane and Allen Ginsberg, Simone Weil and Flannery O'Connor, Hannah Arendt and RobertLowell, Edmund Wilson and George Orwell.

A deft blend of autobiography, history, and criticism that moves from New York in the 1930s to wartime England to the postwar South, WritingWas Everythingemerges as a reaffirmation of literature in an age of deconstruction and critical dogma. In his encounters with books, Kazin shows us how great writing matters and how it involves us morally, socially,and personally on the deepest level. Whether reflecting on modernism, southern fiction, or black, Jewish, and New Yorker writing or reliving the work of Richard Wright, Saul Bellow, and John Cheever, he gives a penetrating, movingaccount of literature observed and lived. In his life as a critic, Kazin personifies the lesson that living and writing are necessarily intimate.

Writing WasEverythingencapsulates the lively wit and authority of this timeless critic's unmistakable voice. It stands as clear testimony to Kazin's belief that "literature is not theory but, at best, the value we can give toour experience, which in our century has been and remains beyond the imagination of mankind."

About the Author

Alfred Kazinis Distinguished Professor of English, Emeritus, at <>Hunter Collegeand the <>Graduate Center, <>City University of New York. He is the author and editor of many books, including, most recently, A Writer's America: Landscape in American Literature.

Table of Contents

Prologue: All Critics Are Mortal

1. Before the War

2. During the War

3. After the War

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674962378
Author:
Kazin, Alfred
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Critics
Subject:
Critics -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
United States Intellectual life.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Series:
William E. Massey, Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization
Series Volume:
1995
Publication Date:
19980526
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in 0.6 lb

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Product details 160 pages Harvard University Press - English 9780674962378 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , For more than sixty years Alfred Kazin has been one of the most eloquent witnesses to the literary life of the mind in America. Writing Was Everythingis asummation of that life, a story of coming of age as a writer and critic that is also a vibrant cultural drama teeming with such characters as Hart Crane and Allen Ginsberg, Simone Weil and Flannery O'Connor, Hannah Arendt and RobertLowell, Edmund Wilson and George Orwell.

A deft blend of autobiography, history, and criticism that moves from New York in the 1930s to wartime England to the postwar South, WritingWas Everythingemerges as a reaffirmation of literature in an age of deconstruction and critical dogma. In his encounters with books, Kazin shows us how great writing matters and how it involves us morally, socially,and personally on the deepest level. Whether reflecting on modernism, southern fiction, or black, Jewish, and New Yorker writing or reliving the work of Richard Wright, Saul Bellow, and John Cheever, he gives a penetrating, movingaccount of literature observed and lived. In his life as a critic, Kazin personifies the lesson that living and writing are necessarily intimate.

Writing WasEverythingencapsulates the lively wit and authority of this timeless critic's unmistakable voice. It stands as clear testimony to Kazin's belief that "literature is not theory but, at best, the value we can give toour experience, which in our century has been and remains beyond the imagination of mankind."

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