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Irving Howe (1920–1993)

Autor(a) de World of Our Fathers

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About the Author

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, mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos

Obras por Irving Howe

World of Our Fathers (1976) 862 exemplares, 11 críticas
A Treasury of Yiddish Stories (1958) — Editor — 349 exemplares, 1 crítica
Short Shorts (1982) 260 exemplares, 4 críticas
The Portable Kipling (1982) — Editor — 205 exemplares
The Best of Sholom Aleichem (1979) — Editor — 200 exemplares, 3 críticas
Politics and the Novel (1958) 110 exemplares, 1 crítica
Trotsky (1978) 93 exemplares
Essential Works of Socialism (1970) — Editor — 87 exemplares
Jewish-American stories (1977) — Editor — 81 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Penguin Book of Modern Yiddish Verse (1987) — Editor — 75 exemplares
A treasury of Yiddish poetry (1969) — Editor — 67 exemplares, 1 crítica
Classics of Modern Fiction: Ten Short Novels (2nd Ed.) (1972) — Editor — 62 exemplares, 1 crítica
Yiddish Stories Old and New (1974) — Editor — 61 exemplares
Voices from the Yiddish : essays, memoirs, diaries (1972) — Editor — 61 exemplares
Favorite Yiddish Stories (1992) — Editor; Editor — 56 exemplares, 2 críticas
Socialism And America (1985) 53 exemplares
Classics of Modern Fiction: Eight Short Novels (1968) — Editor — 51 exemplares
Selected Writings: 1950-1990 (1990) 49 exemplares
Ashes Out of Hope: Fiction by Soviet-Yiddish Writers (1977) — Editor — 44 exemplares
The Radical Papers (1966) — Editor — 29 exemplares
Thomas Hardy (1967) 25 exemplares, 1 crítica
Classics of Modern Fiction: Ten Short Novels (3rd Ed.) (1980) — Editor — 24 exemplares
Israel, the Arabs, and the Middle East (1972) 22 exemplares, 1 crítica
Edith Wharton: A Collection of Critical Essays (1962) — Editor — 17 exemplares
Literary Modernism (1967) — Editor — 17 exemplares
Beyond the new left (1970) — Editor — 15 exemplares
The new conservatives : a critique from the left (1974) — Editor — 15 exemplares
Decline of the new (1970) 14 exemplares
Sherwood Anderson (1951) 12 exemplares
The literature of America (1971) 11 exemplares
ALTERNATIVES (1984) 10 exemplares
Twenty-five years of Dissent : an American tradition (1979) — Editor — 10 exemplares
The UAW and Walter Reuther (1949) 7 exemplares
The Critical Point (1973) 7 exemplares
Modern literary criticism: An anthology (1961) — Editor — 6 exemplares
The Radical Imagination An Anthology from DISSENT (1967) — Editor — 4 exemplares
Beyond the welfare state (1982) 4 exemplares
Treasury of Yiddish Verse (1965) 3 exemplares
Student activism 1 exemplar
Dissent July-August 1969 (1969) 1 exemplar
Dissent. (Fall 1991). (1991) 1 exemplar
The Victorian Age 1 exemplar
Classics of Modern Fiction — Editor — 1 exemplar

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The basic writings of Trotsky (1963) — Editor — 57 exemplares
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The Jewish Writer (1998) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
Echoes of Revolt: The Masses, 1911-1917 (1966) — Introdução — 48 exemplares, 2 críticas
Selected Short Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer (1966) — Editor — 31 exemplares, 1 crítica
Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers, and the Schism in the American Soul (2002) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Merry-Go-Round of Love and Selected Stories (1964) — Prefácio — 24 exemplares
Twentieth Century Interpretations of 1984 (1971) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
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Selected Writings of Thomas Hardy, The: Stories, Poems and Essays (1966) — Editor, algumas edições7 exemplares
The New Salmagundi Reader (1996) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



It took me an awfully long time to read this, not because I didn't like it or that it wasn't interesting, but because it was so dense. So I had to read it little by little, and not in bed at night. Dense as it was, it was well worth the time it took to read. My parents were immigrants to the US, but they came after WWII, were not Yiddish-speakers, and we never lived in the lower East Side, only in Brooklyn, and then only for a short while before we moved to California. So Howe wasn't describing my family history, and yet somehow he was describing my history. And he described it in every detail, everything related to religion, culture, language, work, politics, art, you name it, he deals with it. This is an excellent history of American Jewish culture.… (mais)
dvoratreis | 10 outras críticas | May 22, 2024 |
JimandMary69 | 2 outras críticas | 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 | 10 outras críticas | 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 outras críticas | Aug 26, 2023 |



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