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Irving Howe

Irving Howe

It is customary to speak of three figures—Mendele Mokher Sforim, Sholem Aleichem, and I. L. Peretz—as the founders of modern Yiddish literature, but for those...

The Italian novelist Ignazio Silone once remarked that most writers keep telling the same story over and over again: it is the story that releases...

. . . the will takes pleasures in begetting its own image. —J. V. Cunningham When Philip Roth published his collection of stories, Goodbye, Columbus, in 1959,...

High Mandarin In Bluebeard’s Castle: Some Notes Towards the Redefinition of Culture. by George Steiner. Yale University Press. 141 pp. $5.95. A Phalanx of crucial topics, a tone of...

Exactly fifty-two years ago Jacob Glatstein published a sparkling piece of impudence called “A Shnel-Loif iber der Idisher Poezie” (roughly, “A Quick Tour of Yiddish...

Groups in Conflict Jews and Blacks: The Classic American Minorities. by Ben Halpern. Herder and Herder. 191 pp. $6.95. Ben Halpern, a gifted intellectual spokesman in this country for...

Simplicity, at least in literature, is a complex idea. Pastoral poetry, which has been written for more than two thousand years and may therefore be...

Jewish Workingmen Class Struggle in the Pale. by Ezra Mendelsohn. Cambridge University Press. 180 pp. $8.50. Shortly after the Second World War, perhaps in response to the fact that...

Becoming American The Education of Abraham Cahan. by Leon Stein. Translated by Leon Stein, Abraham P. Conan, and Lynn Davison. Jewish Publication Society. 450 pp. $7.50. The Downtown Jews. by...

The New York Intellectuals, the first of the two exchanges which follow, was occasioned by Irving Howe's article, “The New York Intellectuals: A Chronicle and...

We do not yet have a full-scale history of intellectuals in the United States, but when that book comes to be written one of its...

In the past hundred years we have had a special kind of literature. We call it modern and distinguish it from the merely contemporary; for...