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Copyright © 1998 by Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Michigan 48201.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Melnick, Ralph.

The life and work of Ludwig Lewisohn / Ralph Melnick.

p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Contents: v. 1. A touch of wildness—v. 2. This dark and desperate age.

ISBN 978-0-8143-4504-7 (paperback); ISBN 978-0-8143-4503-0 (ebook)

1. Lewisohn, Ludwig, 1882–1955. 2. Authors, American—20th century—Biography. I. Title.

PS3523.E96Z76 1998


[B]—DC21                         97–36411

Wayne State University Press gratefully acknowledges The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) for their contributions to this volume, including the use and publication of a selection of Ludwig Lewisohn photographs. To access these photographs and many other collections preserved at the AJA, please visit the AJA website at

The Press also wishes to thank the following individuals and institutions for their generous permission to reprint material in this book: Brandeis University; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Guy Chabot; College of Charleston; Harper Collins Publishers; Harry Random Center at The University of Texas at Austin; and Presses Universitaires de France.

Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux:

Jacket design from The Case of Mr. Crump by Ludwig Lewisohn. Copyright © 1947 by Ludwig Lewisohn.

Jacket design from Goethe: The Story of a Man by Ludwig Lewisohn. Copyright © 1949 by Ludwig Lewisohn.

Jacket design from In a Summer Season by Ludwig Lewisohn. Jacket Design by Lili Cassel. Copyright © 1955 by Ludwig Lewisohn.

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