An important historian of American literature, Alfred Kazin delivers an exhaustive-yet accessible-analysis of modernist fiction from the tail end of the Victorian period to the beginning of WWII. America's golden age-from 1890 to 1940-included the work of Howells, Wharton, Lewis, Cather, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner. Their struggle for realism served as the basis for Kazin's interpretation. Kazin's debut was impressive in its scope for such...
A classic portrait of immigrant life in the early decades of the twentieth century, A Walker in the City is a tour of tenements, subways, and synagogues-but also a universal story of the desires and fears we experience as we try to leave our small, familiar neighborhoods for something new. With vivid imagery and sensual detail-the smell of half-sour pickles, the dry rattle of newspapers, the women in their shapeless flowered housedresses-Alfred...