You Should Absolutely, Positively Read the Canon in College
September 15, 2014
The ultimate essay in defense of the masterpieces we know and love.
Boris Pasternak Lived In The Wrong Century
February 10, 2014
Boris Pasternak was born 124 years ago on this day. In honor of his birthday, here is Irving Howe's appraisal of the unique genius of Pasternak's best-known work, Doctor Zhivago.
You Probably Haven't Read Robert Frost's Best Poems
January 29, 2014
There's way more to Frost than "The Road Not Taken."
The Old Magician
January 10, 2014
The old magician stands before me, alien to all, a solitary traveler through all the deserts of thought, in search of an all-embracing truth which he has not found—I look at him and, although I feel sorry for the loss, I feel pride at having seen the
Boris Pasternak's 'Doctor Zhivago' Should Inspire Reverence
October 23, 2013
Boris Pasternak won the Nobel Prize in 1958 and refused to accept it.
Doris Lessing, who died Sunday at 94, is being remembered as a shatterer of literary and political conventions. In 1962, 45 years before she won the Nobel Prize, Lessing was the subject of a lengthy review in The New Republic by Irving Howe.
Irving Howe on Literature and the Left
October 07, 2011