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Rosenfeld's Lives: Fame, Oblivion, and the Furies of Writing
 
 
Author
Steven J. Zipperstein.
Publisher Yale  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.35 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9780300126495
Pages/Publication Date 274/2009
Daedalus Item Code 42103
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(2010 National Jewish Book Award Finalist) Born in Chicago in 1918, the prodigiously gifted and erudite Isaac Rosenfeld was deemed a genius upon the 1946 publication of his first novel Passage from Home, and some thought he would surpass even his closest friend and rival Saul Bellow. Yet when Rosenfeld died of a heart attack at 38, he had published so little that he became a metaphor for literary failure. A professor of Jewish culture and history, Steven Zipperstein offers a fascinating exploration of literary genius and aspiration and the paradoxical power of literature to elevate and to enslave. He also illuminates cultural and political tensions in post-war America, the Jewish intellectual life of the era, and—most poignantly—the struggle at the heart of any writer's life.

"Steve Zipperstein writes with such clear-eyed empathy, such patience for his subject's foibles, and such a refreshing lack of moralistic judgment that Isaac Rosenfeld comes to seem like a character Chekhov might have invented—had the Russian master lived to observe the passionate literary friendships and the dog-eat-dog struggles of mid-20th-century New York intellectual life. Rosenfeld's Lives is a fascinating and cautionary tale about how much character, talent, and luck weigh in the mysterious balance that tips a writer toward fame or failure."—Francine Prose

"This long-awaited biography of Isaac Rosenfeld is far more than a brilliant analysis of the man, his work, and his demons. It is a profound—and profoundly moving—meditation on the fragility of creativity, the caprices of reputation, and the doom of those whose lives are thereby made and unmade."—Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

 
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