In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories (Revised)
DescriptionNow 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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About the Author
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.
The greatest man I ever met... [His] titles were more than enough to raise the muse of fire on my neck.--Lou Reed