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World of Our Fathers The Journey of the East European Jews to America and the Life They Found and Made

ISBN-10: 0151463530

ISBN-13: 9780151463534

Edition: 1976

Authors: Irving Howe

List price: $34.95
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The story of over 2 million Jewish immigrants in America in 4 decades beginning with the 1880's and how they tried to keep their Yiddish culture while making their way in the new society.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 1976
Publisher: Harcourt Trade Publishers
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 714
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 3.036
Language: English

A self-styled "democratic socialist," founder and editor of the radical journal Dissent, and a regular contributor to The New Republic, Howe was professor of English at Hunter College. His first book, Sherwood Anderson (1951), made a substantial impression on his contemporaries and firmly established his reputation as a critic. He wrote several volumes of essays on literary topics---some of these with an emphasis on political commitments---all informed by a sensitive critical intellect. He felt that the fundamental problem with modern culture is that we look for meaning of life outside of it, rather than engaging with social and cultural issues as concerned citizens, active members of civil society. Howe insisted that moderation threatens our social order as much as radicalism because it is "passive, indifferent and atomized." His valuable introduction to The Idea of the Modern in Literature and the Arts (1971) reveals an uncomfortable awareness of the difficulties of modernism and a deep dissatisfaction with the limited role of the contemporary critic. By contrast, Howe wanted criticism to form our tastes, to come to the defense of literacy, and to confirm the ideal of individual imagination. Another of Howe's works, World of Our Fathers (1976), is a look at the lives of Jewish immigrants in New York during the early years of the century.