Stavans’s Mexican-Jewish background gives him a sensitivity to the anti-Semitism of Latin Americans, most of whom have never met or seen a Jew. In “Hispanic Anti-Semitism” and “The Holocaust in Latin America” Stavans offers an insightful explanation of the deep-rooted origins of this phenomenon. But Stavans’s interests take him far beyond Latin America. Popular culture, classic English literature, personal recollections — this “Critic’s Journey” is a trip with a keen observer who is interested in everything before him, a knowledgeable companion who shares with the reader his enthusiasms and understanding of what he sees. A volume in the Writers on Writing series. Acknowledgments.
Maron L. Waxman, retired editorial director, special projects, at the American Museum of Natural History, was also an editorial director at HarperCollins and Book-of-the-Month Club.