Irving Howe was a major intellectual presence: winner of the National Book Award for his best-selling history, World of Our Fathers; editor of Dissent, an influential left-wing magazine of opinion; professor of English at Brandeis University, Stanford University, and the City University of New York. When he died in 1993, he left behind a collection of essays on fiction which he had been working on in the last of his life. Assembled by his son, Nicholas Howe, who also provides an introduction, these accessible, idiosyncratic essays, - which Irving Howe called his shtiklach (Yiddish for "little pieces" or "morsels") - explore such enduring literary concepts as character, style, tone, genre. Many address both literature and politics; but all originate from a passion, a moral striving, and an abiding faith in the common reader.
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1994. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Howe ( World of Our Fathers ), who died in 1993, wrote frequently about literature in Dissent , the left-wing journal he edited for many years. Although several of the essays assembled here, written late in Howe's life, have been published previously, most are newly gathered by his son. The younger Howe explains that his father considered them "shtiklakh"--a Yiddish word meaning brief idiosyncratic critical reflections, with an "allusive, darting lucidity." The pieces demonstrate Howe's love of good writing and his belief in the importance of the "common reader," in his view the mainstay of the literary public outside of academia. In these well written and enlightening essays, Howe concerns himself with the development of character in fiction, and with stylistic variation in the works of Tolstoy, Woolf, Flaubert and Nabokov. He constantly dissociates himself from literary theory, which he considered elitist and insular. This diverse posthumous collection will appeal to serious readers. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0151199493
Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0151199493
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