The Other New York Jewish Intellectuals

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Overview

Irving Howe. Saul Bellow. Lionel Trilling. These are names that immediately come to mind when one thinks of the New York Jewish intellectuals of the late thirties and forties.

And yet the New York Jewish intellectual community was far larger and more diverse than is commonly thought. In The Other New York Jewish Intellectuals we find a group of thinkers who may not have had widespread celebrity status but who fostered a real sense of community within the Jewish world in these troubled times. What unified these men and women was their commitment and allegiance to the Jewish people.

Here we find Hayim Greenberg, Henry Hurwitz, Marie Syrkin, Maurice Samuel, Ben Halperin, Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, Morris Raphael Cohen, Ludwig Lewisohn, Milton Steinberg, Will Herberg, A. M. Klein, and Mordecai Kaplan, and many others. Divided into 3 sections--Opinion Makers, Men of Letters, and Spiritual Leaders--the book will be of particular interest to students and others interested in Jewish studies, American intellectual history, as well as history of the 30s and 40s.

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Meet the Author

The recipient of the Marie Syrkin Fellowship for 1994, Carole S. Kessner teaches in the Departments of Comparative Studies and English and in the programs in Judaic Studies and Women's Studies at SUNY, Stony Brook.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Hayim Greenberg, Jewish Intellectual 25
2 Marie Syrkin: An Exemplary Life 51
3 Ben Halpern: "At Home in Exile" 71
4 Trude Weiss-Rosmarin and the Jewish Spectator 101
5 Morris Raphael Cohen 125
6 Horace M. Kallen 144
7 Ludwig Lewisohn: A Life in Zionism 160
8 Henry Hurwitz: Editor, Gadfly, Dreamer 191
9 "Not the Recovery of a Grave, but of a Cradle": The Zionist Life of Marvin Lowenthal 206
10 The Education of Maurice Samuel 228
11 Charles Reznikoff 247
12 A. M. Klein: The Intellectual As a True Ohev Israel 268
13 Mordecai M. Kaplan 291
14 Milton Steinberg 313
15 Will Herberg 353
Contributors 367
Index 371
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