"Rich in sketches of many cultural figures-Edmund Wilson, Trilling, Tate, Matthiessen, Pound, Eliot, Brooks, Frost, Lowell, Hofstadter, Bellow, Arendt, Jarrell, Goodman-and brilliant in its assessment of the magazines he worked for . . . the women he loved. . . . Haunted by the Holocaust, he will not let the reader escape historical memory. His is the voice of a radical conscience, honest, compassionate, and deeply moving."—Library Journal
"New York Jew is filled with illuminating anecdotes about the great and the near-great, scrabbling over one another in these turbulent pages, clamoring for attention, each one shouting at me, me, me!"—New York Times Book Review
In this book, Alfred Kazin, who for more than 30 years has been one of the central figures of America’s intellectual life, takes us into his own life and times. His autobiography encompasses a personal story openly told; an inside look at New York’s innermost intellectual circles; strong and intimate revelations of many of the most important writers of the century; and brilliantly astute observations of the literary accomplishments, atmosphere, and fads of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s in the context of America’s shifting political gales.