Alfred Kazin papers

Alfred Kazin papers, 1938-1999.
Kazin, Alfred, 1915-1998.
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  • Clippings.
  • Contracts.
  • Correspondence.
  • Diaries.
  • Journals.
  • Games.
  • Notebooks.
  • Photographs.
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  • Restricted access;
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  • The estate of Alfred Kazin, July 28, 2001.
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Berg Coll MSS Kazin archive
Kazin, Alfred, 1915-1998.
Alfred Kazin papers, 1938-1999.
The archive contains typescripts of Kazin's essays, books, unpublished biographical sketches, and lectures; more than 75 personal and literary journals; 13 literary notebooks; personal, literary and financial correspondence; two commonplace notebooks; extensive subject and biography research files (including especially extensive files on Herman Melville, the Civil War, Harriet Beecher Stowe, slavery, and African-American literature); examinations and reading lists for undergraduate courses taught by Kazin; research files on a large number of American literary figures; page proofs; photographs; correspondence from over 60 persons (excluding fan mail), including writers, critics, cultural notables, intimate friends, and family members; and correspondence from Kazin to over 250 recipients, including over 60 letters to Judith Dunford (Kazin's third wife), dating from 1977 to 1982.
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Alfred Kazin (1915-1998) was an American literary and cultural critic, essayist and historian. He was one of the most influential of New York intellectuals in the second half of the twentieth century, and belonged to the circle of writers and thinkers associated with the Partisan Review. Kazin's best-known work of criticism was On Native Grounds (1942), his seminal study of American prose and fiction of the period 1890-1940, and is also wel-known for his three memoirs, A Walker in the City (1951), Starting Out in the Thirties (1965), and New York Jew (1978). In 1996 he was awarded the first Truman Capote Lifetime Achievement Award in Literary Criticism. As of 2014, the only other award winner was George Steiner.
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The Berg Collection also holds a synthetic collection of 1,207 archival items by and about Alfred Kazin that were acquired through gift and purchase from various sources. See on-line NYPL catalog under TITLE: Alfred Kazin Collection of Papers, 1933-1990 bulk (1933-1978), for collection-level record and link to finding aid.
The processing of the Alfred Kazin Archive was made possible, in part, through the generous assistance of the Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation.
Source Purchased from: The estate of Alfred Kazin, July 28, 2001.
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Auchincloss, Louis. Correspondent
Baker, Russell, 1901-1979. Correspondent
Bell, Daniel, 1919-2011. Correspondent
Bell, Pearl Kazin. Correspondent
Bentley, Eric, 1916-2020. Correspondent
Berman, Paul. Correspondent
Birstein, Ann. Correspondent
Broyard, Anatole. Correspondent
Calisher, Hortense. Correspondent
Chomsky, Noam. Correspondent
Commager, Henry Steele, 1902-1998. Correspondent
Cook, Richard. Correspondent
Davis, Hope. Correspondent
Dickstein, Morris. Correspondent
Draper, Theodore, 1912-2006. Correspondent
Dunford, Judith. Correspondent
Edel, Leon, 1907-1997. Correspondent
Elman, Richard. Correspondent
Erdrich, Louise. Correspondent
Fussell, Paul, 1924-2012. Correspondent
Ford, Richard, 1944- Correspondent
Galbraith, John Kenneth, 1908-2006. Correspondent
Gay, Peter, 1923-2015. Correspondent
Giroux, Robert. Correspondent
Gottlieb, Robert, 1931- Correspondent
Hazzard, Shirley, 1931-2016. Correspondent
Heilbroner, Robert L. Correspondent
Heller, Erich, 1911-1990. Correspondent
Hoagland, Edward. Correspondent
Kazin, Cathrael. Correspondent
Kazin, Michael, 1948- Correspondent
Kushner, Tony. Correspondent
Lewis, Anthony, 1927-2013. Correspondent
Lish, Gordon. Correspondent
Lurie, Alison. Correspondent
Mailer, Norman. Correspondent
Maxwell, William, 1908-2000. Correspondent
Merrill, James, 1926-1995. Correspondent
Mitgang, Herbert. Correspondent
O'Brien, Edna. Correspondent
Ozick, Cynthia. Correspondent
Roth, Philip. Correspondent
Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. (Arthur Meier), 1917-2007. Correspondent
Schulberg, Budd. Correspondent
Steegmuller, Francis, 1906-1994. Correspondent
Steinberg, Saul. Correspondent
Styron, William, 1925-2006. Correspondent
Updike, John. Correspondent
Wieseltier, Leon. Correspondent
Yehoshua, Abraham B. Correspondent
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Berg Coll MSS Kazin archive
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