Milestones Jun. 15, 1998

DIED. ALFRED KAZIN, 83, one of his generation's most eloquent literary critics; in New York City. The Brooklyn-born Kazin stumbled onto his calling seemingly by accident: while riding in a subway in 1934 he was so incensed by a New York Times book review that he got off at Times Square to confront the critic face to face. Kazin's thoughtful critiques continued in On Native Grounds, his seminal 1942 appraisal of American writers, and in countless other essays, reviews and memoirs dwelling in depth on New York, Judaism and above all literature, the three topics dearest to Kazin's heart.


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