Daydreams and Nightmares: Reflections of a Harlem Childhood

Daydreams and Nightmares: Reflections of a Harlem Childhood

by Irving Louis Horowitz
     
 

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This is the hard-edged true story of the making of a renowned sociologist. It is even more the story of a boy hustling to survive. A single playlet in the larger drama of American transformation, this candid memoir recounts the intensely personal story of a tormented youth spent in a ghetto within a ghetto: a small remnant community of Eastern European Jewish

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This is the hard-edged true story of the making of a renowned sociologist. It is even more the story of a boy hustling to survive. A single playlet in the larger drama of American transformation, this candid memoir recounts the intensely personal story of a tormented youth spent in a ghetto within a ghetto: a small remnant community of Eastern European Jewish immigrants residing in predominantly black Harlem, eking out a marginal existence. The painful details of a boy's overcoming alienation and isolation in a hostile place and in an unloving family are finely drawn. This fascinating but sad memoir is somehow astonishingly uplifting: the sense of strength, self-reliance, and a life formed from movie houses, the Apollo Theater in its heyday, the Polo Grounds, Central Park, and the streets of Harlem is a lesson in the resilience of both the individual and America.

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“Irving Louis Horowitz has given us a powerful portrait of the shaping of raw materials to the make of an adolescent . . . [T]his is a hard-edged personal history . . . The memoir is sentimental without being sentimentalized; it is touching without being treacly.” —Raymond W. Mack, Social Forces
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this distinctive, unromanticized look at the immigrant experience and cultural assimilation, Rutgers sociology professor Horowitz, son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, writes of ``growing up absurd in the streets of Black Harlem'' during the 1930s. Though relations between blacks and Jews were tense, the author emulated blacks' ``wild individualism''; he regularly visited the Apollo theater, where he saw Duke Ellington and Count Basie perform. The streets taught survival: numbers-running and ticket-scalping were a source of cash for Horowitz; turf wars and muggings were commonplace. The family, headed by a tyrannical father who beat the author and his sister, eventually moved out of Harlem, first to Brooklyn, then the Bronx. Photos. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412812559
Publisher:
Transaction Large Print
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
159
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.38(d)

Meet the Author

Irving Louis Horowitz (1929-2012) was Hannah Arendt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at Rutgers University. He was the founder and served as chairman of the board and editorial director of Transaction Publishers.

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