Everything you need to understand or teach A Walker in the City by Alfred Kazin.
This book is a memoir of growing up poor, Jewish and intellectual in a small, suburban American community in the early part of the 20th Century - specifically, in the years leading up to and during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The author contemplates and explores his feelings of not belonging in the world in which he lives or in the world in which he aspires to live. He explores themes relating to the nature of being an outsider, being Jewish, and being torn between life at home and life "beyond".
The narrative begins with the author's description of his return, as an adult, to Brownsville, the small community outside of New York City where he spent his childhood and youth. He comments on the sameness of some parts of the town, its people and its attitudes, and the substantial changes in others. He adds that in...
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