Irving Howe


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Noun1.Irving Howe - United States editor (1920-1993)
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Krah also looks at other depictions of Eastern Europe, such as Maurice Samuel's The World of Sholem Aleichem (1943), Irving Howe and Eliezer Greenberg's anthology Treasury of Yiddish Stories (1954), and Isaac Bashevis Singer's "subversive spirituality" (230).
Right around that time, too, I read Chana's translations, published under her maiden name, Faerstein, of three Holocaust poems by Glatshteyn ("Come Now, Let's," "Wagons," and "Smoke") and of sixteen stanzas from "Spiritual Soil" by Avrom Sutzkever, in Irving Howe and Eliezer Greenberg's A Treasury of Yiddish Poetry, (1) a collection that was central to my own beginnings as a translator and scholar of Yiddish poetry.
'The cruellest thing anyone can do with Portnoy's Complaint,' novelist Irving Howe said in his own scathing review, 'is read it twice.'
A few years earlier, however, Irving Howe's World of Our Fathers had come out, and, reading it in my dreary apartment, I became captivated by the story of the migration of Jews from Poland and Ukraine to New York and their wrenching but stirring adaptation to life in lower Manhattan.
"Cahan saw his paper as embodying the potentialities and contradictions of the entire immigrant experience," Irving Howe asserts in World of Our Fathers, (4) In Lipsky's account, the Forwards evocation of an immigrant world remains, alas, opaque.
Consequently, this approach answers and goes beyond the seminal studies by Irving Howe in Politics and the Novel (1957), Eloise Knapp Hay in The Political Novels of Joseph Conrad (1963), and Avrom Fleishman in Conrad's Politics (1967)--all of which sought to discern a coherent, consistent political orientation in Conrad--as it thoughtfully engages more recent criticism.
One work of criticism that has been a lodestar for me over the years is Irving Howe's impressive account, Politics and The Novel.
He writes eloquently and proves that the best autobiography comes through the words of others as he describes over forty Jewish authors of his connection like Alfred Kazin, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Grace Paley, Saul Below Irving Howe, Allen Ginsberg, and Amos Oz as well as non-Jewish writers like James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka and Jose Yglesias.
Trilling, Macdonald, Hitchens, along with Irving Howe and John Lukacs, are all candidates for the honor, but all fall short of the mark, in most cases because they lack the fierce independence and moral courage of their predecessor.
Attacks also came from the left, none of more consequence than that of critic Irving Howe. Howe regarded Portnoy's attitude toward his parents as an unconscionable desire to shake himself free of the burdens of being a Jew in order to be recognized simply as a human being.