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A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Irving Howe

Nina Howe (ed.)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Man of letters, political critic, public intellectual, Irving Howe was one of America's most exemplary and embattled writers. Since his death in 1993 at age 72, Howe's work and his personal example ... More


The Cul-de-Sac of Social Democracy

Alan M. Wald

in New York Intellectuals: The Rise and Decline of the Anti-Stalinist Left From the 1930s to the 1980s

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469635941
eISBN:
9781469635965
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635941.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

A history of Irving Howe and Dissent magazine is used to examine the strengths and weaknesses of the social democratic alternative that became the Left wing of the New York intellectuals during the ... More


Alternative Readings of Bigger Thomas

Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh

in The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813175164
eISBN:
9780813175195
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813175164.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Bigger Thomas, one of Richard Wright’s most memorable and distinctive fictional creations, has been interpreted in vastly different ways. This is partly because readers bring to Native Son different ... More


Review of The Country of the Pointed Firs, by Sarah Orne Jewett {1954}

Irving Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1954 review of The Country of the Pointed Firs, a collection of stories that offers a detailed portrait of a seaport on the Maine coast as seen through the eyes of ... More


The Stories of Bernard Malamud {1958}

Irving Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1958 review of The Stories of Bernard Malamud, a collection of stories by Bernard Malamud that explores human relationships. Howe comments on Malamud's familiar ... More


Tribune of Socialism: Norman Thomas {1976}

Irving Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1976 essay “Tribune of Socialism,” in which he describes Presbyterian minister Norman Thomas as a superb tribune for socialism. Howe argues that Thomas made a lot ... More


Two Cheers for Utopia {1993}

Irving Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0021
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1993 essay “Two Cheers for Utopia,” in which he talks about utopia. In particular, Howe reflects on the democratic utopianism that characterizes American ... More


Tolstoy: Did Anna Have to Die?{1994}

Irving Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0025
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1994 essay “Tolstoy: Did Anna Have to Die?,” in which he talks about the death of the main character in Leo Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina. Howe begins by focusing ... More


Reflection on the Death of My Father {1982}

Irving Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0026
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1982 essay “Reflection on the Death of My Father,” in which he talks about the death of his father in a deeply poignant, conflicted, and touching manner. He admits ... More


Farewell to the Universal City

Brian Tochterman

in Dying City: Postwar New York and the Ideology of Fear

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469633060
eISBN:
9781469633084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633060.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Focusing on the Summer 1961 issue of Dissent, which was a multifaceted examination of New York City and its problems, this chapter shows how the image of the city in decline played a role in the ... More


From the Thirties to the Rise of Neoconservatism: Interview with Stephen Lewis {1983}

Irving Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0027
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1983 interview with Stephen Lewis, a Canadian social democrat, for a CBC radio program that took place when Howe was in Toronto. Howe talks about his life and ... More


Introduction: A Voice Still Heard

Nina Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0028
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book examines the breadth and depth of Irving Howe's work as a writer and critic in a career spanning forty-five years. Using a chronological approach, it presents Howe's essays and book reviews ... More


This Age of Conformity {1954}

Irving Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1954 essay “This Age of Conformity,” in which he attacks American intellectuals, particularly Lionel Trilling, for their complacency and complicity regarding the ... More


Life Never Let Up: Review of Call It Sleep {1964}

Irving Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1964 review of Call It Sleep, a novel by Henry Roth that chronicles the experiences of a young boy growing up in the Jewish immigrant ghetto of New York's Lower ... More


Mission from Japan: Review of The Samurai {1982}

Irving Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1982 review of The Samurai by Shusaku Endo. In his book review, Howe attempts to understand the mind of the Japanese author and the literary themes of his fiction, ... More


Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Woolf {1994}

Irving Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0023
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1994 essay “Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Woolf,” in which he claims that Arnold Bennett was sometimes a better writer than Virginia Woolf. Howe begins by discussing the ... More


Doris Lessing: No Compromise, No Happiness {1963}

Irving Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1963 review of The Golden Notebook, a novel by Doris Lessing about the writer Anna Wulf and the four notebooks in which she records her life. Lessing tackles the ... More


George Orwell: “As the Bones Know” {1968}

Irving Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1968 essay “As the Bones Know,” which provides an historical and political critique of George Orwell's work. Howe begins by describing Orwell as someone who wrote ... More


A Grave and Solitary Voice: An Appreciation of Edwin Arlington Robinson {1970}

Irving Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1970 essay “A Grave and Solitary Voice,” in which he pays tribute to the American poet Edwin Arlington Robinson. Howe talks about Robinson's early years in New ... More


Introduction: Twenty-five Years of Dissent {1979}

Irving Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1979 essay on the occasion of Dissent's twenty-fifth anniversary. Dissent was a democratic socialist quarterly whose work Howe places in a historical context in ... More


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