By Irving Howe, Nina Howe, Morris Dickstein

Man of letters, political critic, public highbrow, Irving Howe used to be one in every of America’s such a lot exemplary and embattled writers. seeing that his demise in 1993 at age seventy two, Howe’s paintings and his own instance of dedication to excessive precept, either literary and political, have had a energetic afterlife. This posthumous and capacious assortment contains twenty-six essays that initially seemed in such guides as the big apple Review of Books, the New Republic, and the Nation. Taken jointly, they demonstrate the intensity and breadth of Howe’s enthusiasms and diversity over politics, literature, Judaism, and the tumults of yank society.
A Voice nonetheless Heard is key to the knowledge of the passionate and skeptical spirit of this lucid author. The ebook varieties a bridge among the 2 parallel corporations of tradition and politics. It indicates how politics justifies itself by means of tradition, and the way the latter activates the previous. Howe’s voice is ever sharp, relentless, usually scathingly humorous, revealing Howe as that rarest of critics—a genuine reader and author, one whose readability of fashion is due to the his disciplined and candid mind.

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For the truth is that the “old-fashioned liberals” like John Dewey and Alexander Meiklejohn, at whom it was once so fashionable to sneer, have displayed a finer sensitivity to the need for defending domestic freedoms than the more “sophisticated” intellectuals who leapt from Marx to Machiavelli. 14 the 1950s Nathan Glazer, still another editor, wrote an excellent analysis of McCarthy in the March 1953 issue; but at the end of his article, almost as if from another hand, there again appeared the magazine’s earlier line: “All that Senator McCarthy can do on his own authority that someone equally unpleasant and not a Senator can’t, is to haul people down to Washington for a grilling by his committee.

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