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New York Jew (Paperback, New edition): Alfred Kazin New York Jew (Paperback, New edition)
Alfred Kazin
R429 R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Save R57 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this book, Alfred Kazin, who for more than 30 years has been one of the central figures of America's intellectual life, takes us into his own life and times. His autobiography encompasses a personal story openly told; an inside look at New York's innermost intellectual circles; strong and intimate revelations of many of the most important writers of the century; and brilliantly astute observations of the literary accomplishments, atmosphere, and fads of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s in the context of America's shifting political gales.

Call it Sleep (Paperback): Henry Roth Call it Sleep (Paperback)
Henry Roth; Introduction by Alfred Kazin
R316 R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Save R51 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

David Schearl arrives in New York in his mother's arms to begin his new life as an immigrant in the 'Golden Land'. David is hated by his father - an angry, violent man unable to find his niche in the New World - but is fiercely loved and protected by his Yiddish-speaking mother. An innovative, multi-lingual novel, Call It Sleep subtly interweaves the overwhelming love between a mother and son with the terrors and anxieties David experiences, as he seeks to find his own identity amidst the cultural disarray of early twentieth-century America.

Uncle Tom's Cabin (Paperback): Harriet Beecher Stowe, Alfred Kazin Uncle Tom's Cabin (Paperback)
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Alfred Kazin
R149 R133 Discovery Miles 1 330 Save R16 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Uncle Tom, Topsy, Sambo, Simon Legree, little Eva: their names are American bywords, and all of them are characters in Harriet Beecher Stowe's remarkable novel of the pre-Civil War South. Uncle Tom's Cabin was revolutionary in 1852 for its passionate indictment of slavery and for its presentation of Tom, "a man of humanity," as the first black hero in American fiction. Labeled racist and condescending by some contemporary critics, it remains a shocking, controversial, and powerful work -- exposing the attitudes of white nineteenth-century society toward "the peculiar institution" and documenting, in heartrending detail, the tragic breakup of black Kentucky families "sold down the river." An immediate international sensation, Uncle Tom's Cabin sold 300,000 copies in the first year, was translated into thirty-seven languages, and has never gone out of print: its political impact was immense, its emotional influence immeasurable.

Call It Sleep (Paperback, 1st Picador ed): Henry Roth Call It Sleep (Paperback, 1st Picador ed)
Henry Roth; Introduction by Alfred Kazin
R418 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R59 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When Henry Roth published his debut novel Call It Sleep in 1934, it was greeted with considerable critical acclaim though, in those troubled times, lackluster sales. Only with its paperback publication thirty years later did this novel receive the recognition it deserves----and still enjoys. Having sold-to-date millions of copies worldwide, " Call It Sleep" is the magnificent story of David Schearl, the "dangerously imaginative" child coming of age in the slums of New York.

Writing in America (Hardcover): John Fischer, Robert B. Silvers Writing in America (Hardcover)
John Fischer, Robert B. Silvers; Contributions by John Fischer, Robert B. Silvers, Mason W. Gross, …
R892 Discovery Miles 8 920 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In the fall of 1959, Harper's Magazine published a special supplement on the state of writing and the American literary scene. The supplement was greeted with a broadside of commendation and a fusillade of cavil, and has since become recognized as the most useful brief survey of the contemporary state of the American writing arts and of their fellow travelers, the spoken word, the typescript word, the filmed and televised word, and the publishing memorandum. In this newly reissued volume in the Rutgers University Press Classics Imprint, Writing in America proves to be as stimulating as it was in 1960. Here, writers including Robert Brustein, Stanley Kunitz, and C.P. Snow examine the state of writing in American novels, films, and television candidly and critically. The result is a collection of essays that showcase a first-rate and highly entertaining piece of reporting on the American literary scene that resonate in 2017.

Contemporaries - Essays (Hardcover): Alfred Kazin Contemporaries - Essays (Hardcover)
Alfred Kazin
R1,252 Discovery Miles 12 520 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Contemporaries - Essays (Paperback): Alfred Kazin Contemporaries - Essays (Paperback)
Alfred Kazin
R959 Discovery Miles 9 590 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Alfred Kazin's America - Critical and Personal Writings (Paperback): Alfred Kazin, Ted Solotaroff Alfred Kazin's America - Critical and Personal Writings (Paperback)
Alfred Kazin, Ted Solotaroff
R399 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R33 (8%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Over the course of sixty years, Alfred Kazin's writings confronted virtually all of our major imaginative writers, from Emerson to Emily Dickinson to James Wright and Joyce Carol Oates -- including such unexpected figures as Lincoln, William James, and Thorstein Veblen. This son of Russian Jews wrote out of the tensions of the outsider and the astute, outspoken leftist -- or, as he put it, "the bitter patriotism of loving what one knows." Editor Ted Solotaroff hasselected material from Kazin's three classic memoirs to accompany his critical writings. Alfred Kazin's America provides an ongoing example of the spiritual freedom, individualism, and democratic contentiousness that he regarded as his heritage and endeavored to pass on.

Writing in America (Paperback): John Fischer, Robert B. Silvers Writing in America (Paperback)
John Fischer, Robert B. Silvers; Contributions by John Fischer, Robert B. Silvers, Mason W. Gross, …
R392 Discovery Miles 3 920 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In the fall of 1959, Harper's Magazine published a special supplement on the state of writing and the American literary scene. The supplement was greeted with a broadside of commendation and a fusillade of cavil, and has since become recognized as the most useful brief survey of the contemporary state of the American writing arts and of their fellow travelers, the spoken word, the typescript word, the filmed and televised word, and the publishing memorandum. In this newly reissued volume in the Rutgers University Press Classics Imprint, Writing in America proves to be as stimulating as it was in 1960. Here, writers including Robert Brustein, Stanley Kunitz, and C.P. Snow examine the state of writing in American novels, films, and television candidly and critically. The result is a collection of essays that showcase a first-rate and highly entertaining piece of reporting on the American literary scene that resonate in 2017.

On Native Grounds - An Interpretation of Modern American Prose Literature (Paperback, 3rd Harvest ed): Alfred Kazin On Native Grounds - An Interpretation of Modern American Prose Literature (Paperback, 3rd Harvest ed)
Alfred Kazin
R619 R551 Discovery Miles 5 510 Save R68 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A classic interpretation of literature from America's golden age-including the work of Howells, Wharton, Lewis, Cather, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner. New Preface by the Author; Index.

Howards End (Hardcover): E.M. Forster Howards End (Hardcover)
E.M. Forster; Introduction by Alfred Kazin
R538 R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Save R84 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Introduction by Alfred Kazan

Walker in the City (Paperback): Alfred Kazin Walker in the City (Paperback)
Alfred Kazin
R309 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R29 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Kazin's memorable description of his life as a young man as he makes the journey from Brooklyn to "americanca"-the larger world that begins at the other end of the subway in Manhattan. A classic portrayal of the Jewish immigrant culture of the 1930s. Drawings by Marvin Bileck.

The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Paperback, New Ed): Ralph Waldo Emerson The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Paperback, New Ed)
Ralph Waldo Emerson; Edited by Alfred R. Ferguson, Jean Ferguson Carr; Introduction by Alfred Kazin
R752 Discovery Miles 7 520 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Alfred Kazin observes in his Introduction, "was a great writer who turned the essay into a form all his own." His celebrated essays-the twelve published in Essays: First Series (1841) and eight in Essays: Second Series (1844)-are here presented for the first time in an authoritative one-volume edition, which incorporates all the changes and corrections Emerson made after their initial publication. The text is reproduced from the second and third volumes of The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, a critical edition which draws on the vast body of Emerson scholarship of the last half century. Alfred R. Ferguson was founding editor of the edition, followed by Joseph Slater (until 1996).

Sister Carrie (Paperback, Us Ed Of New Ed): Theodore Dreiser Sister Carrie (Paperback, Us Ed Of New Ed)
Theodore Dreiser; Introduction by Alfred Kazin
R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A landmark in American literature, presented in its complete and unexpurgated version. Dreiser's unsparing story of a country girl's rise to riches as the mistress of a wealthy man marked the beginning of the naturalist movement in America. Both its subject matter and Dreiser's objective, nonmoralizing approach made it highly controversial, and only a heavily edited version could be published in 1900. In this restored version, the truly revolutionary nature of Sister Carrie is made fully evident.

Ethan Frome (Hardcover, 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction ed): Edith Wharton Ethan Frome (Hardcover, 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction ed)
Edith Wharton; Introduction by Edith Wharton; Foreword by Alfred Kazin
R514 R485 Discovery Miles 4 850 Save R29 (6%) Out of stock

First published in 1911, "Ethan Frome" is widely regarded as Edith Wharton's most revealing novel and her finest achievement in fiction. Set in the bleak, barren winter landscape of New England, it is the tragic tale of a simple man, bound to the demands of his farm and his tyrannical, sickly wife, Zeena, and driven by his star-crossed love for Zeena's young cousin, Mattie Silver. "In its spare, chilling creation of rural isolation, hardscrabble poverty and wintry landscape," writes Alfred Kazin in his afterword, ""Ethan Frome" overwhelms the reader as a drama of irresistible necessity." An exemplary work of literary realism in setting and character, "Ethan Frome" stands as one of the great classics of twentieth-century American literature.

An American Procession (Paperback, New Ed): Alfred Kazin An American Procession (Paperback, New Ed)
Alfred Kazin
R354 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R19 (5%) Out of stock

In this illuminating study of the "crucial century" (1830-1930), Alfred Kazin views the major figures in American writing, beginning when Ralph Waldo Emerson left the church and inspired a national literature on the basis of a religious revolution, and ending with the triumph of modernism - Eliot, Pound, Hemingway, Fitzgerald - and with the revelation after World War I of the "postponed power" of those who had been modern before their time: Henry Adams, Melville, Whitman, Dickinson.

A Lifetime Burning in Every Moment - From the Journals of Alfred Kazin (Paperback): Alfred Kazin A Lifetime Burning in Every Moment - From the Journals of Alfred Kazin (Paperback)
Alfred Kazin
R407 Discovery Miles 4 070 Out of stock

From the journals of one of our most distinguished critics comes an extraordinary panorama of the intellectual, social and political culture of the last half century. Written with the vividness and power of first-rate fiction, it brings to life the great artists and thinkers who shaped the times, including Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud and Hannah Arendt, and shares Kazin's insights on politics, literature, Jewish life after the Holocaust and American society. It is an immensely rich and resonant memoir from an observer whose eloquence can imbue each moment lived with a lifetime of thought and passion.

God and the American Writer (Paperback, 1st Vintage Books Ed): Alfred Kazin God and the American Writer (Paperback, 1st Vintage Books Ed)
Alfred Kazin
R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Out of stock

God and the American Writer does more to illuminate the fundamental purposes and motivations of our greatest writers from Hawthorne to Faulkner than any study I have read in the past fifty-five years--that is, since the same author's On Native Grounds.
--Louis S. Auchincloss

This is the culminating work of the finest living critic of American literature.  Alfred Kazin brings a lifetime of thought and reading to the triumphant elucidation of his fascinating and slippery subjects: what the meaning of God has been for American writers, and how those writers, from the New England Calvinists to William Faulkner, have expressed it. In a series of trenchant critical studies of writers as divergent as Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Lincoln, Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, William James, Eliot, Frost, and Faulkner, Kazin gives a profound sense of each, and his quotations from their works are artfully chosen to pursue the main theme. The centerpiece of the book is the reflection in American writing of the great American tragedy, the Civil War--so deeply involved in the whole complex issue of religion in America.  An enthralling book by a major writer.

"This is a book about the place of God in the imaginative life of a country that for two centuries countenanced slavery and then engaged in a fratricidal war to end it. For Americans no subject is more compelling or, in its entanglement with the deepest roots of the national soul, more terrible. And no one has ever written as incisively, as movingly, or as unforgivingly about it as Alfred Kazin has here."
--Louis Menand


"In the era of willful obfuscation, Alfred Kazin is the good, clear word, a brilliant scholar and an original reader. His latest book, God and the American Writer, which comes fifty-five years after On Native Grounds, proves he has lost nothing and gives us everything he has."
--David Remnick

"American writers have been born into all sorts of religious sects, but have had to struggle in solitude to make sense of God. Alfred Kazin, a cosmos unto himself, has written brilliantly and affectingly of how a dozen or so of our finest authors--poets, novelists, philosophers, and one president--endured and illuminated that struggle. Kazin is sometimes passionate, even fierce, especially in his discussions of slavery and of his hero (and mine), Abraham Lincoln. But, as ever, Kazin's writing is tempered by an enormous American empathy and by his sense of irony about our country and its spiritual predicaments. Spare, sharp, and immensely learned, God and the American Writer is the most moving volume of criticism yet by our greatest living critic."
--Sean Wilentz


From the Hardcover edition.

Writing Was Everything (Paperback, New edition): Alfred Kazin Writing Was Everything (Paperback, New edition)
Alfred Kazin
R328 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R30 (9%) Out of stock

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."

The Scarlet Letter (Hardcover): Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter (Hardcover)
Nathaniel Hawthorne; Introduction by Alfred Kazin
R446 R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Save R61 (14%) Out of stock

Introduction by Alfred Kazin

Uncle Tom's Cabin (Hardcover): Harriet Beecher Stowe Uncle Tom's Cabin (Hardcover)
Harriet Beecher Stowe; Introduction by Alfred Kazin
R592 R499 Discovery Miles 4 990 Save R93 (16%) Out of stock

Uncle Tom, Topsy, Sambo, Simon Legree, little Eva: their names are American bywords, and all of them are characters in Harriet Beecher Stowe's remarkable novel of the pre-Civil War South. Uncle Tom's Cabin was revolutionary in 1852 for its passionate indictment of slavery and for its presentation of Tom, "a man of humanity," as the first black hero in American fiction. Labeled racist and condescending by some contemporary critics, it remains a shocking, controversial, and powerful work -- exposing the attitudes of white nineteenth-century society toward "the peculiar institution" and documenting, in heartrending detail, the tragic breakup of black Kentucky families "sold down the river." An immediate international sensation, Uncle Tom's Cabin sold 300,000 copies in the first year, was translated into thirty-seven languages, and has never gone out of print: its political impact was immense, its emotional influence immeasurable.


From the Paperback edition.

The Portable William Blake (Paperback): William Blake The Portable William Blake (Paperback)
William Blake; Edited by Alfred Kazin
R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Out of stock

The Portable Blake contains the hermetic genius's most important works: Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience in their entirety; selections from his "prophetic books"—including The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Visions of the Daughters of Abion, America, The Book of Urizen, and The Four Zoas—and from other works of poetry and prose, as well as the complete drawings for The Book of Job.

Howards End (Hardcover, Reissue): E.M. Forster Howards End (Hardcover, Reissue)
E.M. Forster; Introduction by Alfred Kazin
R265 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R53 (20%) Out of stock

The story of a house and two sisters, Howards End is also a subtle meditation on national, sexual and social identities. Half German by birth and middle-class English by upbringing, Helen and Margaret Schlegel struggle to come to terms with the problems of their inheritance in Edwardian England. If the contrasting temperaments of the heroines often recall Sense and Sensibility, the comparison with Jane Austen is fully justified by the power of Forster's irony and the brilliance of his wit.

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