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The Secular Rabbi: Philip Rahv and Partisan Review

Doris Kadish


The Secular Rabbi is an intellectual biography of Philip Rahv, co-founder of Partisan Review. It focuses on the ambivalent ties that Rahv, a Russian immigrant, retained to his Jewish cultural background. Drawing on letters Rahv wrote to her mother from 1928 to 1931, Doris Kadish delves into Rahv’s complex and enigmatic character, his experience teaching Hebrew in Savannah, GA and Portland, OR; his attitudes toward class, race, and gender. Kadish positions herself in relation to Rahv in attempting to understand her own Jewish identity and perspective as a 21st century woman. The book draws on h ... More

Keywords: socialism, modernism, immigrant, Communism, fascism, New York intellectuals, Jewish studies, anti-Stalinism, Marxism, Yiddish

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781800859661
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781800859661.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Doris Kadish, author