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PHILIP RAHV’S JEWISH STORY MATTERS TODAY

Philip Rahv, the storied editor of Partisan Review, belonged to “the world of our fathers,” to use the title of Irving Howe’s magisterial study of Eastern European Jews in America. From our current perspective, it’s more like the world of…

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MARC CHAGALL AND PARTISAN REVIEW

Marc Chagall was not religious, the images of rabbis in his work notwithstanding. Some twenty years older than Philip Rahv, he too was born in Russia, Vitebsk in his case. He left Russia for Paris in 1922, the same year…

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Immigrants, Then and Now

Philip Rahv realized what might be called the American dream story for immigrants. But things were different then. He appeared on the New York intellectual scene when Marxist philosophy seemed to provide answers to an America visibly weakened by the…

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