Winter 1956 • Vol. XVIII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1956 |

The Private Soul

The Inmost Leaf by Alfred Kazin. Harcourt. $4.75. Although Alfred Kazin, whose occasional essays are collected in The Inmost Leaf, is enormously fascinated by the world of literature, he cannot stay interested very long in any of its products. He talks vividly and often luminously about some of the great literary figures of the past century and a half; but he treats them precisely as literary figures, each with his special posture and prejudice, and so he tells us little about the stories and poems and novels which are the beginning and the end (though not the whole) of our attachment to them. Mr. Kazin does not often discuss novels and poems; he discusses letters and journals and memoirs—the letters of Proust, of Sherwood Anderson, of Flaubert; the journals of Gide and Thoreau; the personal memoirs of Elleii Glasgow, of Scott Fitzgerald, of E. E. Cummings (the "nonlectures"); the friends of Gorky, the integrity of the Jameses, the fury of Faulkner, the painfulness of Lawrence

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