Alfred Kazin


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literary critic, has taught at many American universities, but is best known for his critical works, On Native Grounds (1942), a study of American prose literature after Howells; The Inmost Leaf (1955), essays on European and American literature; Contemporaries (1962), essays on American authors, past and present; Bright Book of Life (1973), treating American fiction from Hemingway to Mailer; and An American Procession (1984), on American authors from 1830 to 1930. His moving autobiographical writings have been issued as A Walker in the City (1951), a lyrical treatment of his youth in Brownsville, then a Jewish immigrant section of Brooklyn; Starting Out in the Thirties (1965), reminiscences of his young manhood; and New York Jew (1978), considering his life into the 1970s.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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