At a glance:
- Author: Alfred Kazin
- First Published: 1951
- Type of Work: Autobiography
- Time of Work: 1920-1951
- Setting: Brooklyn and Manhattan
- Genres: Nonfiction, Autobiography
- Subjects: Maturation or coming of age, Culture, Family or family life, Self-discovery, United States or Americans, Memory, Jews or Jewish life, City life
Form and Content
Brooklyn-born literary critic Alfred Kazin established his credentials as a leading authority on American literature with his very first book, On Native Grounds (1942), published when he was twenty-seven years old. That first study sought to show that American prose writing came of age as something distinctively American only with the work of William Dean Howells and his contemporaries, during the second half of the nineteenth century. Kazin argued that the predecessors of Howells and his group had looked primarily to Europe for inspirational models and...
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