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Alfred Kazin

Alfred Kazin

I do not know what “autobiography” is: the genre changes with each new example. What I myself have tried to write in my three “autobiographical”...

With certain issues raised by the presidential elections—but also with a broader context—in mind, COMMENTARY recently addressed the following questions to a group of American...

One’s-self I sing, a simple separate person. Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse. Although Walt Whitman was a journalist before he was a poet,...

When drunk, I make them pay and pay and pay and pay. —F. Scott Fitzgerald America has always been a hard-drinking country despite the many places and...

Just when did criticism cease to be an influence? Of course more stylistic analyses of Hemingway, Faulkner, Stevens, Yeats, Joyce, Lawrence, and other acceptable modern...

Emma Lazarus, who wrote those lines inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty (“Give me your tired, your poor. . . Your huddled...

Between 1954 and 1958, first in Northampton, then at Amherst, I saw Robert Frost often in the setting of a New England college town. In...

Although Jews are always much concerned with “history”—in the sense that traditionally they expect much of it—very few Jews, in my experience, know very much...

September 1960 Alfred north Whitehead, that singularly clear mind, observed that even in Jesus’ evasive “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s,” one sees...

Some years ago, in a course I was giving on European novels, a student handed in a paper in which he described Emile Zola’s Germinal—that...

Chekhov, who died at forty-four, would have been a hundred years old this year, and there have been suitable tributes to him from short story...

(1) And the Lion Shall Lie Down with the Lamb . . . When Mr. Kazin’s piece on Puerto Rico [February] was reprinted in the local...