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By Alfred Kazin, Ted Solotaroff

Over the process sixty years, Alfred Kazin's writings faced nearly all of our significant imaginitive writers, from Emerson to Emily Dickinson to James Wright and Joyce Carol Oates -- together with such unforeseen figures as Lincoln, William James, and Thorstein Veblen. This son of Russian Jews wrote out of the tensions of the outsider and the astute, outspoken leftist -- or, as he placed it, "the sour patriotism of loving what one knows." Editor Ted Solotaroff hasselected fabric from Kazin's 3 vintage memoirs to accompany his severe writings. Alfred Kazin's America offers an ongoing instance of the non secular freedom, individualism, and democratic contentiousness that he considered as his background and endeavored to cross on.

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