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  • Author(s): Gerald Sorin
  • Series:
    The Modern Jewish Experience
  • Publication Information:
    Bloomington : Indiana University Press. 2012
  • معلومة اضافية
    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      Howard Fast's life, from a rough-and-tumble Jewish New York street kid to the rich and famous author of close to 100 books, rivals the Horatio Alger myth. Author of bestsellers such as Citizen Tom Paine, Freedom Road, My Glorious Brothers, and Spartacus, Fast joined the American Communist Party in 1943 and remained a loyal member until 1957, despite being imprisoned for contempt of Congress. Gerald Sorin illuminates the connections among Fast's Jewishness, his writings, and his left-wing politics and explains Fast's attraction to the Party and the reasons he stayed in it as long as he did. Recounting the story of his private and public life with its adventure and risk, love and pain, struggle, failure, and success, Sorin also addresses questions such as the relationship between modern Jewish identity and radical movements, the consequences of political myopia, and the complex interaction of art, popular culture, and politics in 20th-century America.
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9780253007278. 9780253007322.
    • Accession Number:
      814018406
    • Accession Number:
      489748
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    • ABNT:
      GERALD SORIN. Howard Fast : Life and Literature in the Left Lane. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012. ISBN 9780253007278. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=489748&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 14 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Gerald Sorin. Howard Fast : Life and Literature in the Left Lane. Indiana University Press; 2012. Accessed August 14, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=489748&custid=s8280428
    • APA:
      Gerald Sorin. (2012). Howard Fast : Life and Literature in the Left Lane. Indiana University Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Gerald Sorin. 2012. Howard Fast : Life and Literature in the Left Lane. The Modern Jewish Experience. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=489748&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Gerald Sorin (2012) Howard Fast : Life and Literature in the Left Lane. Bloomington: Indiana University Press (The Modern Jewish Experience). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=489748&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 14 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Gerald Sorin 2012, Howard Fast : Life and Literature in the Left Lane, The Modern Jewish Experience, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, viewed 14 August 2020, .
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      Gerald Sorin. Howard Fast : Life and Literature in the Left Lane. Indiana University Press, 2012. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=489748&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Gerald Sorin. Howard Fast : Life and Literature in the Left Lane. The Modern Jewish Experience. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=489748&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Gerald Sorin. Howard Fast : Life and Literature in the Left Lane [Internet]. Bloomington: Indiana University Press; 2012 [cited 2020 Aug 14]. (The Modern Jewish Experience). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=489748&custid=s8280428

Reviews

PW Reviews 2012 September #3

Fame-hungry, wealth-obsessed, with a voracious appetite for women, bestselling author Howard Fast rose from the hardscrabble streets of his 1920s New York childhood to become a popular author and, perhaps more improbably, "the public face of the Communist Party in America." In Sorin's intriguing if dense new biography, Fast's life becomes an excellent prism through which to view the history of leftist activity in the years straddling WWII, along with the anticommunism hysteria of the 1940s and '50s. While recognizing Fast's genuine beliefs, Sorin, professor emeritus of American and Jewish studies at SUNY New Paltz, does not whitewash his failings as a writer or as a person, criticizing much of his work alongside his doctrinal narrow-mindedness and blindness to Stalinist brutality. However, though Sorin explores Fast's political activity and writing in almost exhaustive detail, his personal life remains hazier and less well-integrated into the larger story and themes. After being jailed for his political leanings, Fast regained popular literary success when in 1956 he left the American Communist Party, deflated by Khrushchev's "Secret Speech" and the violent suppression of Hungary's rebellion. All in all, this is a notable study of a thorny protagonist whose life has much to reveal about the times in which he lived and about the interplay of political belief, personal identity, art, and ambition. (Nov.)

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