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In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories, Paperback / softback Book

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories Paperback / softback


This is the first British publication of a seminal work of twentieth century fiction, rediscovering Delmore Schwartz for a new generation of readers. Delmore Schwartz became the voice of a new generation, when In Dreams Begin Responsibilities was published in the debut issue of 'Partisan Review' in 1937.

His influence on other writers was immediate and is still enormous; he was an unfluence on Philip Roth and Saul Bellow, whose Humboldt's Gift is a fictionalised account of Bellow's own relationship with Schwartz. Delmore Schwartz is the only writer to be memorialised in a song by Lou Reed and also in one of John Berryman's Dream Songs.

Despite his early promise and achievement Delmore Schwartz died destitute in a New York hotel in 1966. In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories collects eight of Schwartz's finest stories; including the seminal In Dreams Begin Responsibilities, the foundation for all post-World War Two American-Jewish fiction.

Delmore Schwartz found a vernacular language for the generational conflicts and self-analysis of educated and ambitious young people in conflict with their immigrant parents that is still captivating.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780285636699

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