Remembering Irving Howe

Remembering Irving Howe

I had corresponded with Irving Howe over the last fifteen years, concerning articles for Dissent and related matters, but we had never met. Then, in August and September of 1990, Octavio Paz and his friends at Vuelta organized an international symposium in Mexico City on the theme “The Twentieth Century: The Experience of Freedom,” bringing together writers and intellectuals from Europe, East and West, and the Americas, to discuss the collapse of communist totalitarianism and the new political and ideological configuration. (The proceedings of the symposium have since been published in seven volumes by Vuelta under the title La experiencia de la libertad, Mexico, 1991. They include talks and commentary by Irving Howe.)

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