Writing Was Everything

by Alfred Kazin

Hardcover, 1995




Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1995.


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 sharing anecdotes about 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.

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LibraryThing member Jenney
Three lectures on his life as a 'New York Intellectual' and the writers and the writings that he has known as the act of imagination towards spiritual fulfilment in the face of it all seeming to be overlooked.



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