A Fine copy in a Very Good plus, unclipped bright dust jacket with some light edge wear to the spine. With this collection of essays, Kazin has produced a critical survey of the modern spirit in literature, featuring over seventy essays including individual studies ranging from Melville, Emerson and Thoreau to James Agee, Saul Bellow and James Baldwin. With obscure concepts increasingly clouding today's literary scene, the frank common sense of critic Alfred Kazin is a relief. Kazin, one of the most influential and widely known American critics, abhors literary sham, and uses the yardstick of reality as the tool of his criticism. This collection spans literature from the Romantics to the present, and Kazin deals with the American writers of the classic tradition - Melville, Emerson, Thoreau; he evaluates the Continental writers. Bookseller Inventory # 24043
Title: Contemporaries: Essays.
Publisher: Little Brown & Co, Boston
Publication Date: 1962
Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition
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