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Jewish writers of the twentieth century /
editor, Sorrel Kerbel ; assistant editors, Muriel Emanuel, Laura Phillips.
imprint
New York : Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003.
description
xviii, 695 p.
ISBN
157958313X (alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003.
isbn
157958313X (alk. paper)
catalogue key
4795985
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-09-01:
Kerbel's volume is a critical and biographical guide to 343 Jewish writers born between 1836 and 1967, whose writing spanned the 20th century. A major reference work of international scope and outstanding scholarship, it has no rival. Many writers included here have never been profiled in a major reference source. Entries for each writer include a critical assessment, concentrating on the Jewish themes or defining characteristics of an author's writing and his or her importance to national or world literature; a biographical overview; a list of selected writings; and extensive suggestions for further reading. Articles are signed, and the "Notes on Contributors" section lists contributors and their academic titles, professional accomplishments, and research interests. The development of Jewish literature draws on, and enriches, world literature in a multitude of languages. "Jewish writing" and "Jewish identity" are broadly interpreted. Five introductory essays set the tone of the volume: "American-Jewish Literature," "British-Jewish Literature," "Hebrew Literature in the 20th Century," "Holocaust Writing," and "Yiddish Writing." It includes title, alphabetical, and chronological indexes. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All collections. L. E. Jorbin Cleveland State University
Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-04-15:
This scholarly reference to Jewish literary writers of the past century highlights novelists, poets, and dramatists while excluding philosophers, religious thinkers, and historians. In this case, "Jewish" means not only those born Jewish but also those with only one Jewish parent, those who converted to other religions, and those who identified themselves as Jews. The book opens with introductory surveys on American, British, Hebrew, Holocaust, and Yiddish literature of the 20th century, written by a variety of Israeli scholars, many of whom are contributing to a reference work for the first time. These essays offer useful overviews and help frame the literature. Following is an A-Z listing of writers, which makes up the bulk of the work. Ranging from Walter Abish to Fay Zwicky and including writers working in a variety of languages, including Hebrew, German, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Russian, these entries contain a paragraph-long biography, bibliographic lists, and concise and insightful discussions that place each author's work in social, cultural, and artistic context. The critical discussions analyze literary techniques, stress the Jewish content of an author's work, and ponder the great questions of Jewish life in the 20th century, including socialism, Zionism, feminism, the Holocaust, and personal conduct. A title index, alphabetical and chronological lists of authors, and a list of contributors round out the text. Although some authors have been neglected (e.g., Paul Rosenfeld, Denise Levertov, and Mark Halpern), and some entries contain errors or misstatements (e.g., Carl Soloman was not a murderer, Naomi Ginsberg was not a victim of Stalin's purges, and Yorium Kaniuk's war injuries are sometimes described as physical and sometimes as emotional), this reference is still a good addition to Jewish studies and literature collections in academic libraries.-Gene Shaw, NYPL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Summaries
Main Description
Conceived as the first work to identify Jewish writers of the twentieth century worldwide, and examining in particular the Jewish themes in their work,Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Centuryis both an important reference resource and a springboard for further study. It contains some 330 entries on individuals, arranged alphabetically, as well as five introductory essays. The entries on individuals consist of an outline biography, a list of selected publications, suggestions for further reading, and a signed interpretive essay. The introductory essays provide an overview of Jewish writing in America, the emergence of Holocaust literature and memoirs, Yiddish writing in the twentieth century, and the development of Hebrew literature, as well as an essay exploring Anglo-Jewish literature. The book amounts to a literary and social history of the Jewish people in the twentieth century.
Main Description
Now available in paperback for the first time, Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century is both a comprehensive reference resource and a springboard for further study. This volume: Examines canonical Jewish writers, less well-known authors of Yiddish and Hebrew, and emerging Israeli writers Includes entries on figures as diverse as Marcel Proust, Franz Kafka, Tristan Tzara, Eugene Ionesco, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Arthur Miller, Saul Bellow, Nadine Gordimer, and Woody AllenContains introductory essays on Jewish-America writing, Holocaust literature and memoirs, Yiddish writing, and Anglo-Jewish literatureProvides a chronology of twentieth-century Jewish writers. Compiled by expert contributors, this book contains over 330 entries on individual authors, each consisting of a biography, a list of selected publications, a scholarly essay on their work and suggestions for further reading.
Main Description
Now available in paperback for the first time, Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Centuryis both a comprehensive reference resource and a springboard for further study. This volume: examines canonical Jewish writers, less well-known authors of Yiddish and Hebrew, and emerging Israeli writers includes entries on figures as diverse as Marcel Proust, Franz Kafka, Tristan Tzara, Eugene Ionesco, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Arthur Miller, Saul Bellow, Nadine Gordimer, and Woody Allen contains introductory essays on Jewish-American writing, Holocaust literature and memoirs, Yiddish writing, and Anglo-Jewish literature provides a chronology of twentieth-century Jewish writers. Compiled by expert contributors, this book contains over 330 entries on individual authors, each consisting of a biography, a list of selected publications, a scholarly essay on their work and suggestions for further reading.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This reference has an outline biography for each writer, a bibliography and references, and an interpretive essay. It offers an overview of Jewish writing in America, Holocaust literature, Yiddish & Hebrew writing, & Anglo-Jewish literature.
Table of Contents
Entries include: Allen
Woody
American-Jewish Literature
Auster
Paul ,Babel
Isaac
Bellow
Saul
Brodsky
Joseph
Castel-Bloom
Orly
Cixous
HÃâ©lÃâ¿ne
Cohen
Leonard
Doctorow
Edgar L
Durlacher
Gerard
Dworkin
Andrea
Ehrenburg
Ilya Grigorevich
Elkin
Stanley
Ezekiel
Nissim
Fainlight
Ruth
Feiffer
Jules
Fierstein
Harvey
Gershon
Karen
Ginsberg
Allen
Gordimer
Nadine
Hebrew Literature
Heller
Joseph
Holocaust
Writing
Ignatow
David
Ionesco
EugÃâ¿ne
Jacob
Max
Jong
Erica
Josipovici
Gabriel
Kafka
Franz
KertÃâ©sz
Imre
KonrÃâÂíd
GyÃâ¶rgy
Langer
Jiri
Levi
Primo
Lustig
ArnoÃâ¶t
Mailer
Norman
Mamet
David
Miller
Arthur
Nadas
Peter
Nathanson
Henri
Nemerov
Howard
Odets
Clifford
Ortiz
Alicia
Dujovne
Oz
Amos
Paley
Grace
Pasternak
Boris
Potok
Chaim
Proust
Marcel
Raab
Esther
Roth
Philip
Rukeyser
Muriel
Sendak
Maurice
Simon
Neil
Stein
Gertrude
Tchernikowsky
Shaul
Trilling
Lionel
Tuwim
Julian
Uris
Leon
Viertel
Berthold
Vigee
Claude
Vogel
David
West
Nathanael
Wiesel
Elie
Wouk
Herman
Yehoshua, A.B.
Yezierska
Anzia
Yiddish Writing in the 20th Century
Zach
Nathan
Zukofsky
Louis
Zwicky
Fay
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