Irving Howe : A Life of Passionate Dissent


Irving Howe : A Life of Passionate Dissent

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 320 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780814798218
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New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2003. A New York Times "Notable Book of the Year". In the first comprehensive biography of Howe, Gerald Sorin gives shape to one of the most provocative thinkers of our time.

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By the time he died in 1993 at the age of 73, Irving Howe was one of the twentieth century's most important public thinkers. Deeply passionate, committed to social reform and secular Jewishness, ardently devoted to fiction and poetry, in love with baseball, music, and ballet, Howe wrote with such eloquence and lived with such conviction that his extraordinary work is now part of the canon of American social thought. In the first comprehensive biography of Howe's life, historian Gerald Sorin brings us close to this man who rose from Jewish immigrant poverty in the 1930s to become one of the most provocative intellectuals of our time. Known most widely for his award-winning book World of Our Fathers, a rich portrayal of the East European Jewish experience in New York, Howe also won acclaim for his prodigious output of illuminating essays on American culture and as an indefatigable promoter of democratic socialism as can be seen in the pages of Dissent, the journal he edited for nearly forty years. Deeply devoted to the ideal of democratic radicalism and true equality, Howe was constantly engaged in a struggle for decency and basic fairness in the face of social injustice.In the century of Auschwitz, the Gulag, and global inter-ethnic mass murder, it was difficult to sustain political certainties and take pride in one's humanity. To have lived a life of conviction and engagement in that era was a notable achievement. Irving Howe lived such a life and Gerald Sorin has done a masterful job of guiding us through it in all its passion and complexity.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            ix
The Trauma of Sharply Fallen Circumstances: 1 (14)
World of Our Fathers
Illusions of Power and Coherence at CCNY: 15 (16)
World of College Politics in the 1930s
The Second World War and the Myopia of 31 (20)
Socialist Sectarianism
The Postwar World and the Reconquest of 51 (27)
Toward a ``World More Attractive'' 78 (25)
The Origins of Dissent 103(20)
The Age of Conformity 123(17)
The Growth of Dissent and the Breakup of the 140(18)
More Breakups 158(30)
The Turmoil of Engagement: The Sixties: Part 1 188(23)
Escalation and Polarization: The Sixties: 211(35)
Part 2
Retrospection and Celebration 246(27)
Sober Self-Reflections: Democratic Radical, 273(28)
Literary Critic, Secular Jew
Notes 301(63)
Glossary 364(1)
References 365(11)
Acknowledgments 376(2)
Index 378(8)
About the Author 386