Kazin was deeply affected by his peers' subsequent disillusion with liberalism. Adam Kirsch writes in The New Republic that "having invested his romantic self-image in liberalism, Kazin perceived abandonment of liberalism by his peers as an attack on his identity".
His son is historian and Dissent co-editor Michael Kazin. His daughter is Cathrael Kazin, Chief Academic Officer of College for America at Southern New Hampshire University. Kazin was married four times and is survived by his widow, the writer Judith Dunford.
'New York Jew'
On Native Grounds: An Interpretation of Modern American Prose Literature (1942)
The Open Street (1948)
A Walker in the City (1951)
The Inmost Leaf: Essays on American and European Writers (1955)
Contemporaries: Essays on Modern Life and Literature (1963)
Starting Out in the Thirties (1965)
Bright Book of Life: American Novelists and Storytellers from Hemingway to Mailer (1973)
New York Jew (1978)
The State of the Book World, 1980: Three Talks (1980), with Dan Lacy and Ernest L. Boyer
An American Procession: The Major American Writers from 1830 to 1930—The Crucial Century (1984)
A Writer's America: Landscape in Literature (1988)
Our New York (1989), co-authored with David Finn
The Emmy Parrish Lectures in American Studies (1991)
Writing Was Everything (1995)
A Lifetime Burning in Every Moment: From the Journals of Alfred Kazin (1996)
God and the American Writer (1997)
Alfred Kazin's America: Critical and Personal Writings (2003) edited and with an introduction by Ted Solotaroff
Alfred Kazin's Journals (2011), selected and edited by Richard M. Cook