Chronicle of Higher Ed Comments on Commentary


Norman Podhoretz: A Biography already getting attention in The Chronicle of Higher Ed: Author Thomas L. Jeffers “briskly moves the narrative from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, where Podhoretz was born in 1930, to Columbia University, where he studied with the literary critic Lionel Trilling, and the University of Cambridge, where he studied with the critic F.R. Leavis. An upstart in the fabled world of the New York intellectuals, the pugnacious and opinionated Podhoretz earned a reputation as—in Norman Mailer’s words—a literary “hanging judge” as a result of his sharply negative reviews in Commentary, Partisan Review, and elsewhere.” Learn more about the first book-length treatment of the controversial editor.

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