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An American Procession

An American Procession

Alfred Kazin

ISBN 9780674031432

Publication date: 03/01/1996

In this illuminating study of the “crucial century” (1830–1930), Alfred Kazin views the major figures in American writing, beginning in the 1830s when Ralph Waldo Emerson founded a national literature on the basis of a religious revolution, and ending on the eve of the 1930s with modernism—Eliot, Pound, Hemingway, Fitzgerald—and with the revelation of the “postponed power” of those who had been modern before their time—Henry Adams, Melville, Whitman, Dickinson.

Praise

  • With An American Procession, Alfred Kazin confirms a reservation in the front tier of the reviewing stand, next to his eminent predecessors Van Wyck Brooks and Edmund Wilson. I have nothing but praise for An American Procession. Alfred Kazin himself can write brilliantly, catching the ‘very essence’ of an author in an epithet or a phrase… He is a first-rate comprehender, explainer, and savorer. The power of his book lies, in the last analysis, in Mr. Kazin’s profound instinct for style.

    —Marcus Cunliffe, New York Times Book Review

Author

  • Alfred Kazin (1915–1998) was Distinguished Professor of English, Emeritus, at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and author and editor of many books, including A Writer’s America: Landscape in American Literature.

Book Details

  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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