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The Worlds of Irving Howe: The Critical Legacy is a wide-ranging anthology of criticism devoted to the literary, cultural, and political work of the writer Irving Howe. The book offers a broad cross-section of critical and biographical writings about Howe. Collected here are assessments of Howe's work written by some of the most prominent intellectuals of the twentieth century, among them Lionel Trilling, Alfred Kazin, C. Vann Woodward, Robert Coles, Daniel Bell, Malcolm Cowley, and Arthur Schlesinger. The critical estimates of Howe's major books, collected here and framed by a major biographical introduction by John Rodden, constitute a sharply focused lens through which readers can re-evaluate the legacy of one of American's leading intellectuals and thereby understand the main issues of twentieth-century Anglo-American cultural history. Contributors: Lionel Trilling, Alfred Kazin, C. Vann Woodward, Newton Arvin, Charles Angoff, Edward Dahlberg, Isaac Rosenfeld, Richard Chase, H.D. Lasswell, Dennis Wrong, Michael Harrington, Christopher Lasch, Robert Coles, Daniel Bell, Malcolm Cowley, Arthur Schlesinger, Theodore Solotaroff, Clive James, Norman Podhoretz, Irving Kristol, and William Phillips, among others.
This reception history of Howe's literary, cultural and political criticism demonstrates the impact not only of Howe's best-known books but also of his numerous books on US labor, the American Left, Yiddishkeit, contemporary politics and European literature. As he explains in his preface, Rodden (English, U. of Virginia and U. of Texas at Austin) combines biography, reception history and cultural commentary to illuminate the different worlds Howe inhabited as a socialist, Jew, and critic. The articles are by influential intellectual contemporaries and successors of Howe. For each document, Rodden includes a biographical headnote that places it in the context of its author's career or clarifies the author's relationship to Howe. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)