Alfred Kazin

Alfred Kazin was an American writer and literary critic, known for his autobiographical writings and scholarly analysis of American literature and culture. He was an influential literary critic in the mid-20th century, with works that explored the social and political context of literature. Kazin's notable books include 'On Native Grounds', an interpretive history of American literature, and his autobiographical trilogy consisting of 'A Walker in the City', 'Starting Out in the Thirties', and 'New York Jew'. His writing was characterized by a personal, introspective style and a deep passion for the written word.


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  1. 1. A Walker in the City

    This memoir explores the author's experiences growing up as a Jewish child in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn during the 1920s and 1930s. The narrative delves into his relationship with his family, his Jewish identity, his love for literature, and his observations about the changing urban landscape. As he walks through his old neighborhood as an adult, he reflects on the past, creating a vivid and emotional portrait of his childhood and the immigrant experience in New York City.