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Irving Howe (1920–1993)

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Irving Howe was born in the Bronx, New York on June 11, 1920. He became a socialist at the age of 14. He graduated from City College in 1940. During World War II, he served in the Army. After the war, he began writing book reviews and essays for several magazines including Commentary, The Nation, vis mere and Partisan Review. For four years, he earned a living writing book reviews for Time magazine. He taught English at several colleges including Brandeis University, Stanford University, Hunter College, and City University, which he retired from in 1986. In 1954, he and a group of close friends founded the radical journal Dissent. He was the editor for nearly four decades. Also in the 1950's, he met a Yiddish poet named Eliezer Greenberg and the two began a long project to translate Yiddish prose and poetry into English, eventually publishing six collections of stories, essays, and poems. He wrote several books including Decline of the New, Politics and the Novel, and an autobiography entitled A Margin of Hope. World of Our Fathers won the National Book Award in 1976. He wrote critical studies of William Faulkner and Sherwood Anderson and a biography of Leon Trotsky. He died of cardiovascular disease on May 5, 1993 at the age of 72. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Værker af Irving Howe

World of Our Fathers (1976) 853 eksemplarer
A Treasury of Yiddish Stories (1958) — Redaktør — 342 eksemplarer
Short Shorts (1982) 257 eksemplarer
The Portable Kipling (1982) — Redaktør — 202 eksemplarer
The Best of Sholom Aleichem (1979) — Redaktør — 198 eksemplarer
Politics and the Novel (1958) 108 eksemplarer
Trotsky (1978) 92 eksemplarer
Essential Works of Socialism (1970) — Redaktør — 86 eksemplarer
Jewish-American stories (1977) — Redaktør — 81 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Modern Yiddish Verse (1987) — Redaktør — 75 eksemplarer
A treasury of Yiddish poetry (1969) — Redaktør — 67 eksemplarer
Yiddish Stories Old and New (1974) — Redaktør — 62 eksemplarer
Classics of Modern Fiction: Ten Short Novels (2nd Ed.) (1972) — Redaktør — 61 eksemplarer
Voices from the Yiddish : essays, memoirs, diaries (1972) — Redaktør — 60 eksemplarer
Critic's Notebook (A Harvest Book) (1994) 59 eksemplarer
Favorite Yiddish Stories (1992) — Redaktør; Redaktør — 56 eksemplarer
Socialism And America (1985) 52 eksemplarer
Classics of Modern Fiction: Eight Short Novels (1968) — Redaktør — 51 eksemplarer
Selected Writings: 1950-1990 (1990) 49 eksemplarer
Ashes Out of Hope: Fiction by Soviet-Yiddish Writers (1977) — Redaktør — 44 eksemplarer
Classics of Modern Fiction: Twelve Short Novels (5th Ed.) (1972) — Redaktør — 38 eksemplarer
The Radical Papers (1966) — Redaktør — 29 eksemplarer
Classics of Modern Fiction: Twelve Short Novels (4th Ed.) (1986) — Redaktør — 27 eksemplarer
Thomas Hardy (1967) 25 eksemplarer
Classics of Modern Fiction: Ten Short Novels (3rd Ed.) (1980) — Redaktør — 25 eksemplarer
Literary Modernism (1967) — Redaktør — 17 eksemplarer
Edith Wharton: A Collection of Critical Essays (1962) — Redaktør — 17 eksemplarer
The new conservatives : a critique from the left (1974) — Redaktør — 15 eksemplarer
Beyond the new left (1970) — Redaktør — 15 eksemplarer
Decline of the new (1970) 14 eksemplarer
Sherwood Anderson (1951) 12 eksemplarer
The literature of America (1971) 11 eksemplarer
Twenty-five years of Dissent : an American tradition (1979) — Redaktør — 10 eksemplarer
ALTERNATIVES (1984) 10 eksemplarer
The UAW and Walter Reuther (1949) 7 eksemplarer
The Critical Point (1973) 7 eksemplarer
Modern literary criticism: An anthology (1961) — Redaktør — 6 eksemplarer
Classics of Modern Fiction: Twelve Short Novels — Redaktør — 5 eksemplarer
Beyond the welfare state (1982) 4 eksemplarer
The Radical Imagination An Anthology from DISSENT (1967) — Redaktør — 4 eksemplarer
Treasury of Yiddish Verse (1965) 3 eksemplarer
Student activism 1 eksemplar
Dissent July-August 1969 (1969) 1 eksemplar
Dissent. (Fall 1991). (1991) 1 eksemplar
The Victorian Age 1 eksemplar
Classics of Modern Fiction — Redaktør — 1 eksemplar

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JimandMary69 | 2 andre anmeldelser | Apr 22, 2024 |
Now that Bernie Sanders, a self-declared democratic socialist (the kiss of death, alas, in American politics) has declared his candidacy for president, perhaps Irving Howe's World of Our Fathers will reenter the zeitgeist and receive the attention it so richly deserves, Senator Sanders, in many respects, is the latter-day representative of the social, political and cultural milieu Mr. Howe so thoroughly and affectionately documents in this fine book.

When Eastern European Jews began departing their homelands in the late-nineteenth century, they carried with them the communitarian traditions of the shtetl. Unsurprisingly, these traditions were expressed in and as socialist politics. Much of the political--as well as social and cultural--ferment Eastern European Jews aroused occurred on the Lower East Side of Manhattan (which, after reading this book, I'll look at differently and appreciate even more). When the Williamsburg Bridge went up in 1903, connecting Delancey Street on the Lower East Side with Havemeyer Street in Brooklyn, many of these recently arrived immigrants moved across the East River to Williamsburg, where many of their descendants remain. Bernie Sanders, whose father's family perished in the Holocaust, was born in Brooklyn in 1941. He attended James Madison High School on Bedford Avenue, and there he led the track team.

Irving Howe was a lifelong socialist; the documentary film "Arguing the World" is a very nice biography of Mr. Howe and his erstwhile classmates at the City College of New York (known at one time as "the Harvard of the proletariat"), Daniel Bell, Nathan Glazer and Irving Kristol. The film nicely documents the various intellectual trajectories these four sons of the Lower East Side traveled along. One of the primary themes of World of Our Fathers concerns the doctrinal squabbles among the Jewish socialists on the Lower East Side.

Along the way, Mr. Howe presents detailed and fascinating analyses of Yiddish culture and its effect on broader American culture. He does a particularly nice job of explicating Yiddish humor, and its exponents like Henny Youngman, Don Rickles and Rodney Dangerfield, and the extent to which it influenced comedians of all stripes. I found myself wondering what Irving Howe would make of latter-day borscht belt comedians like Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld.

This is an exceptional work of scholarship that it is imbued with Mr. Howe's (born, incidentally, as Irving Hohenstein) obvious affinity with and a fondness for the subject. For some reason, it took me 25 years too get around to reading this book. If the subject of the immigration of Eastern European Jews to the United States, and the influence of those new citizens on American culture and society interests you in any way, I very highly recommend this book--as well as what is arguably its companion, Our Crowd by Stephen Birmingham.
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Mark_Feltskog | 9 andre anmeldelser | Dec 23, 2023 |
This is an excellent collection of very short stories, few if any exceeding 9,000 words. Tolstoy, Hemingway, Marquez, and dozens of other great writers are represented. If there's a caveat, it's that most of the stories avoid twist endings and, indeed, a majority seem to end without obvious or concrete resolutions. It is perhaps no coincidence that my two favorites did, in fact, come to very firm conclusions.
jumblejim | 3 andre anmeldelser | Aug 26, 2023 |
I wanted to like these stories, but they are all so damn depressing!
blueskygreentrees | Jul 30, 2023 |



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