In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories (Revised)

Delmore Schwartz (Author) Irving Howe (Afterword by)
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Now with an exciting new preface by rock musician Lou Reed (Delmore Schwartz s student at Syracuse), In Dreams Begin Responsibilities collects eight of Schwartz s finest delineations of New York s intellectuals in the 1930s and 1940s. As no other writer can, Schwartz captures the speech, the generational conflicts, the mocking self-analysis of educated, ambitious, Depression-stymied young people at odds with their immigrant parents. This is the unique American dilemma Irving Howe described as that interesting point where intellectual children of immigrant Jews are finding their way into the larger world while casting uneasy, rueful glances over their backs. Afterwords by James Atlas and Irving Howe place the stories in their historical and cultural setting."

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$15.95  $14.67
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
June 14, 2012
5.1 X 0.7 X 7.9 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966) was born and raised in Brooklyn. One of America's greatest poets and short-story writers, Schwartz contributed "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities" to the first issue of Partisan Review in 1937. Schwartz taught at Syracuse, Princeton, and Kenyon College, and received the Bollingen Prize in 1959. After a difficult period of alchoholism and depression, he died of a heart attack in 1966.
Irving Howe (1920 - 1993) was a Jewish American literary and social critic and a prominent figure of the Democratic Socialists of America. --Wikipedia

James Atlas has been an editor for the New York Times Book Review and the New York Times Magazine and a staff writer for the New Yorker and the Atlantic. He is the founder of Atlas Books and the general editor of the Eminent Lives series. His other books include Delmore Schwartz: The Life of an American Poet, Bellow: A Biography, and a novel, The Great Pretender, among others.

Lou Reed's (b. 1942) most recent releases include Romanticism, a collection of photographs, and Lou Reed's Berlin, the Julian Schnabel-filmed record of a multi-media performance of Reed's iconic 1973 album. The guitarist and principal songwriter for The Velvet Underground, he has enjoyed a long and successful solo career. His book of photographs, New York, was published in 2008.


Delmore Schwartz catapults past the fickleness of mere reputation(that posture and position that Lionel Trilling defined as characterizing a 'figure') into something close to legend.--Cynthia Ozick
The greatest man I ever met... [His] titles were more than enough to raise the muse of fire on my neck.--Lou Reed