Irving Howe

Irving Howe, 1920–93, American literary and social critic, b. New York City. From his early days as a Trotskyist to his later (and lifelong) position as a democratic socialist, Howe criticized Stalinism and left-wing totalitarianism. His roles as a cofounder (1954) of Dissent magazine and frequent contributor to such journals as the Partisan Review,New Republic, and New York Review of Books made him influential in the New York literary world. His many books include William Faulkner: A Critical Study (1952), Politics and the Novel (1957), The Critical Point (1974), World of Our Fathers (1978), Socialism and America (1985), and A Critic's Notebook (1994). Howe, who was a professor at the City Univ. of New York, also played a key role in introducing Yiddish literature to America.

See N. Howe (his daughter), ed., A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe (2014); his autobiography, A Margin of Hope (1982); biography by G. Sorin (2003);.

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Irving Howe: Selected full-text books and articles

Irving Howe: A Life of Passionate Dissent By Gerald Sorin New York University Press, 2002
Irving Howe and the Critics: Celebrations and Attacks By John Rodden University of Nebraska Press, 2008
Politics and the Novel By Irving Howe Horizon Press, 1957
Irving Howe's "Margin of Hope": World of Our Fathers as Autobiography By Sorin, Gerald American Jewish History, Vol. 88, No. 4, December 2000
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Irving Howe and the Holocaust: Dilemmas of a Radical Jewish Intellectual By Alexander, Edward American Jewish History, Vol. 88, No. 1, March 2000
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World of Our Masters By Morawska, Ewa American Jewish History, Vol. 88, No. 4, December 2000
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But Is It History? World of Our Fathers as a Historicized Text By Heinze, Andrew R American Jewish History, Vol. 88, No. 4, December 2000
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Irving Howe and Secular Jewishness: An Elegy By Alexander, Edward Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought, Vol. 45, No. 1, Winter 1996
Wanted: Irving Howe FBI No. 727437B; "An Immature Outlook on Life" By Rodden, John Dissent, Vol. 49, No. 4, October 1, 2002
Irving Howe and the Literary Criticism That Matters By Pinsker, Sanford Midstream, Vol. 50, No. 5, July-August 2004
Reviewing Irving Howe By Howe, Nicholas Dissent, Vol. 50, No. 2, April 1, 2003
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