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Alfred KAZIN, American writer. Medal 1973; Award in Literature 1973. National Institute of Arts and Letters, American Academy, of Arts and Sciences.


Kazin, Alfred was born on June 5, 1915 in Brooklyn. Son of Charles and Gita (Fagelman) Kazin.


BSS, City College of New York, 1935. AM, Columbia University, 1938. Doctor of Letters, Adelphi University, 1965.

Doctor of Letters, University New Haven, 1976. Doctor of Letters, Hebrew Union College, 1982. Doctor of Letters, City College of New York, 1986.

Doctor of Letters, State University of New York, 1987. Doctor of Letters, Long Island University, 1989. Doctor of Letters, American University, 1995.


Literature editor New Republic, 1942-1943, contributing editor, 1943-1945. Associate editor Fortune Magazine, 1943-1944. Professor American studies Amherst College, 1955-1958.

Distinguished professor English State University of New York-Stony Brook, 1963-1973, Hunter College, City University of New York, 1973-1985. Visiting lecturer New School for Society Research, 1941-1942, 48-49, 51, 52-53, 58-63, Black Mountain College, 1944, Harvard University, 1952. Fulbright lecturer Cambridge University, 1952.

William Allan Neilson research professor Smith College, Northampton, 1953-1954. Berg professor literature New York University, 1957. Visiting professor University Minnesota, 1946, 50, University Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, 1959.

Christian Gauss lecturer Princeton University, 1961. Buell Gallagher professor City College, City University of New York, 1962. Beckman professor University California, Berkeley, 1963.

Writer-in-residence American Academy in Rome, 1975. William White professor English University Notre Dame, 1978-1979. Newman professor Cornell University, 1988.

Heritage professor George Mason University, 1990, Brown University, 1995.



Member American Academy Arts and Letters, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa (honorary).


Married 1st Caroline Bookman in 1947 (divorced), one son one daughter. Married 2nd Ann Birstein 1952 (divorced), one daughter. Married 3rd Judith Dunford in 1983.


Gita (Fagelman) Kazin

Caroline Bookman

Ann Birstein

Judith Dunford