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Alexander, Edward 1936-

Works: 34 works in 207 publications in 2 languages and 12,899 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Interviews  Biography  Records and correspondence  Conference papers and proceedings  Sources  Software  Study guides 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: JC585, 323.44
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Edward Alexander
Irving Howe : socialist, critic, Jew by Edward Alexander( )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 2,122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For over fifty years, from the 1940s to the 1990s, Irving Howe was a commanding, if controversial, figure in American intellectual life. Writing with the productivity of a major industry, Howe took on issues ranging from left-wing politics and American writers to Yiddish literature, the State of Israel, the condition of the American academy, and New York cultural and literary life. Best known for his prize-winning history of American Jewish immigrant culture, World of Our Fathers, Howe was an outspoken socialist as well as founder and editor of the democratic socialist magazine Dissent. Through a clear, eloquent, and forcefully argued study of Howe's politics, writings, and thought, Edward Alexander constructs a sympathetic yet critical intellectual biography of this complex individual
Isaac Bashevis Singer by Edward Alexander( Book )

15 editions published between 1980 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While analyzing the novels, short stories and memoirs, Alexander assesses Singer's place in European and world literary history."
Matthew Arnold and John Stuart Mill by Edward Alexander( Book )

32 editions published between 1963 and 2014 in English and held by 1,268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On liberty by John Stuart Mill( )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mill's famous argument for a liberal, tolerant, pluralistic, democratic political and social philosophy. Appendices include comments by influential contemporaries and reviews from the press of Mill's time
Robert B. Heilman : his life in letters by Robert Bechtold Heilman( )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The resonance of dust : essays on holocaust literature and Jewish fate by Edward Alexander( Book )

10 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The literary world cannot neglect such writing, but must realize that amidst these shortcomings the only adequate response possible to a tragedy of such magnitude Evovles
Matthew Arnold, John Ruskin, and the modern temper by Edward Alexander( Book )

11 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Isaac Bashevis Singer : a study of the short fiction by Edward Alexander( Book )

7 editions published in 1990 in English and Hungarian and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of Singer's short fiction with critical commentary and textual analysis
John Morley by Edward Alexander( Book )

12 editions published in 1972 in Undetermined and English and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Holocaust and the war of ideas by Edward Alexander( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second half of the book enters the seething cauldron of controversy in which the Holocaust is now engulfed. The chapter on Italian Jewry evaluates accusations of Vatican indifference and Primo Levi's allegations about German national character; the chapter "Crime and Punishment" reevaluates the writings of Arendt, Wiesenthal, and Weiss on the nature of Nazi war crimes, arguing that attempts to exculpate killers on the grounds that they were compelled to obey orders lack historical foundation
The Jewish divide over Israel : accusers and defenders by Paul Bogdanor( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The essays in this book seek to understand and throw back the assault on Israel led by such Jewish liberals and radicals as Tony Judt, Noam Chomsky, George Steiner, Daniel Boyarin, Marc Ellis, Israel Shahak, and many others. Its writers demonstrate that the foundation of the state of Israel, far from being the primal sin alleged by its accusers, was one of the few redeeming events in a century of blood and shame."--Jacket
The Jewish wars : reflections by one of the belligerents by Edward Alexander( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Very much a warrior flourishing words and ideology as his weapons, Edward Alexander launches a counterattack in the war of ideas against Zionism."--BOOK JACKET. "These essays begin with a dissection of the intifada at the end of 1987 and deal with people and events through 1994, when Israel began to withdraw from the disputed territories. Ineffective militarily, Edward Alexander notes, the intifada proved a potent propaganda tool: "The spectacle of young Palestinian Arabs (at least in early the early stages of the uprising, before the violence became highly organized) facing Israeli soldiers won for the Arabs precisely the victory they had sought: it swung liberal, including (if not especially) Jewish liberal, sympathy decisively to the side of the Arabs and against Israel.""--BOOK JACKET. "Alexander's book is the first to subject to withering criticism the "body of ideas that lured Israel into the quagmire called the 'peace process.'" He excoriates prominent figures in politics, journalism, education, and literature who express hostility to, or open hatred of, Jews, Judaism, and Israel. Convinced that it is in the realm of ideas that the battle will be lost or won, Alexander has given special attention to "some of the more brazen and flamboyant combatants in... the'Jewish wars' - Edward Said, Patrick Buchanan, the late George Ball, Alexander Cockburn, Michael Lerner, Noam Chomsky - and still more to certain omnipresent personality types: the timorous Jew cloaking his timidity in the robes of the biblical prophet; the treacherous Jew presenting betrayal of his own people as ethical idealism; the ferocious antisemite parading as a dispassionate 'critic of Israeli policies'; the journalist and publicist exploiting the full public-address and public-relations systems afforded by his profession while complaining that his voice is being 'stifled' by 'the Jewish establishment.'""--BOOK JACKET. "Recurring themes in Alexander's essays are the relations between the Jews of America and those of Israel, the incorporation of anti- Zionism into the ideology of "multiculturalism" and the conventions of literary discussion, the politically motivated "distortion and exploitation" of the Holocaust, the strategies of moral and political discrimination used against Israel, the strategies employed by some prominent American and Israeli Jews to evade the implications of this discrimination, and the growing impunity with which antisemitism can be preached at both ends of the political spectrum."--BOOK JACKET
The Jewish idea and its enemies : personalities, issues, events by Edward Alexander( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lionel Trilling & Irving Howe : and other stories of literary friendship by Edward Alexander( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This pioneering effort links history and personality by pairing intellectual friends, most notably Lionel Trilling and Irving Howe, but also Thomas Carlyle and John Stuart Mill, D.H. Lawrence and Bertrand Russell, George Eliot and Emanuel Deutsch, Theodore Roethke and Robert Heilman. Chronologically the essays range from the early 1830s, when Carlyle and Mill discovered each other, to 1975, when Lionel Trilling died."--Jacket
Classical liberalism & the Jewish tradition by Edward Alexander( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Classical Liberalism and the Jewish Tradition, Edward Alexander engages in a wide-ranging exploration of the roots of the fundamental antagonism between liberalism and Jewish tradition from the nineteenth century to the present day." "Central to Alexander's arguments is his incisive critique of the distortion of modern Judaism as a child of the Enlightenment and the notion that specifically Jewish concerns, whether with Zionism, the Holocaust, or sacred and secular writings, constitute a narrow and parochial betrayal of liberal interests."
Literary essays by John Stuart Mill( Book )

4 editions published between 1967 and 1981 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The subjection of women by John Stuart Mill( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2018 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The object of this essay is to explain as clearly as I am able, the grounds of an opinion which I have held from the very earliest period when I had formed any opinions at all on social or political matters, and which, instead of being weakened or modified, has been constantly growing stronger by the progress of reflection and the experience of life: That the principle which regulates the existing social relations between the two sexes- the legal subordination of one sex to the other- is wrong in itself, and now one of the chief hindrances to human improvement ; and that is ought to be replaced by a principle of perfect equality, admitting no power or privilege on the one side, nor disability on the other."--Page 1
The state of the Jews : a critical appraisal by Edward Alexander( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Preamble: A Walk through the Table of Contents-and a Linguistic Alert -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- I The Victorian Background -- Dr. Arnold, Matthew Arnold, and John Stuart Mill -- II History -- Britannia Waives the Rules: Antisemitism, English-Style -- British Philosemitism: A Thing of the Past? -- Medieval Zionism: Yehuda Halevi -- Hitler's American Professors -- Hitler's (Palestinian) Arabs -- Beethoven and the Holocaust in Hungary -- Israel's "Original Sin": The Refugees of 1948 -- "If I Am Not for Myself, Who Will Be for Me?" The History of Commentary Magazine -- End of the Holocaust? -- III Politics -- Survival Precedes Definition: Ruth Wisse's Moral Imperative -- "Pharaoh Who Knew Not Joseph": Obama Demotes the Jews -- The Meaning of Criticism -- Professors for Suicide Bombing: The Explosive Power of Boredom -- Back to 1933: How the Academic Boycott of Israel Began -- Afrocentrism, Liberal Dogmatism, and Antisemitism at Wellesley College -- Tom Paulin: Poetaster of Murder -- Jewish Israel-Haters Convert Their Dead Grandmothers: A New Mormonism? -- The Antisemitism of Liberals: A Gentile's View -- IV Literature -- Lionel Trilling: The (Jewish) Road Not Taken -- Metaphor and Memory in Cynthia Ozick: Pro and Con -- Foreign Bodies: Americans Abroad in Post-Holocaust Europe -- Saul Bellow's Jewish Letters -- Lublin Before It Became Majdanek: Jacob Glatstein's Autobiography -- Abba Kovner: Partisan, Poet, Curator, Avenger -- Ashamed Jews: The Finkler Question -- Daniel Deronda : "The Zionist Fate in English Hands" and "The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews" -- Index
The Israeli fate of Jewish liberalism : proceedings of a conference in Jerusalem, 1985, at the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Jewish wars by Edward Alexander( )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Introduction to the Transaction Edition -- Introduction -- 1. Making Arabs into Jews: David Grossman's The Yellow Wind -- 2. To Mend the Universe or Mind the Vineyard? -- Part One: Leonard Fein, David Novak, and American Jewry -- Part Two: Edward Alexander Replies to His Critics -- 3. Antisemitism, Israeli-Style -- 4. Professor of Terror -- Part One: Edward Said on "Collaborators" -- Part Two: Edward Alexander Replies to His Critics -- 5. The Wit and Wisdom of Alexander Cockburn -- Part One: Countries Deserving Rape -- Part Two: Cockburn, Two and a Half Years Later, Strikes Back -- and Edward Alexander Replies -- 6. Praying for Nazis, Scolding Their Victims: Archbishop Tutu's Christmas Message to Israel -- 7. The Holocaust. . . and Me -- 8. Nelson Mandela and the Jews: The Dickens-Fagin Pattern -- 9. The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel: Patrick Buchanan's Anti-Jewish Patriotism -- Part One: The Rosh Hashanah Sermon -- Part Two: The Yorn Kippur Sermon -- Part Three: Michael Kinsley and Patrick Buchanan: An Unpublished Letter -- 10. Why Jews Must Behave Better than Everybody Else: The Theory and Practice of the Double Standard -- 11. Multiculturalism's Jewish Problem -- 12. Some of My Best Friends Are Antisemites: William F. Buckley's Dilemma -- 13. What the Holocaust Does Not Teach -- 14. The Nerve of Ruth Wisse -- 15. Michael Lerner: The Clintons' Jewish Rasputin -- 16. Noam Chomsky and Holocaust Denial -- Part One: The Neo-Nazis and Their Apologists -- Part Two: Edward Alexander Replies to His Critics -- 17. Israel's Embrace of the PLO: The Beginning of the End? -- Notes -- Index
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Isaac Bashevis Singer : a study of the short fiction
Isaac Bashevis SingerOn libertyRobert B. Heilman : his life in lettersIsaac Bashevis Singer : a study of the short fictionThe Jewish divide over Israel : accusers and defendersThe Jewish wars : reflections by one of the belligerentsLionel Trilling & Irving Howe : and other stories of literary friendshipClassical liberalism & the Jewish tradition
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Edward Alexander American literary critic

אלכסנדר, אדוארד