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Jewish American literature since 1945 : an introduction
Wade, Stephen, 1948-
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Chicago, Ill. : Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, [1999]

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215 pages ; 23 cm
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PS153.J4 W33 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Jewish American fiction is hard to define. Wade's serviceable introduction/overview should prove helpful to readers who have not followed the progress of Jewish American writing in detail. The author devotes a quarter of his text to writers before 1945 (e.g., Abraham Cahan and Henry Roth), because he rightly believes that writers such as Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, and Philip Roth had important predecessors and did not arrive from a vacuum. Wade devotes subsequent chapters to Jewish American women writers (e.g., Grace Paley, Tillie Olson), Jewish American playwrights (Arthur Miller, Tony Kushner), and how Roth, Bellow, and Cynthia Ozick developed as they did. Wade's analyses of these writers (and others) are clearly argued and written. Though specialists in the field are not likely to discover things they do not already know in these chapters, what is original is the way Wade couples writers not usually mentioned in the same breath: Chaim Potok with the later Saul Bellow, Woody Allen with Paul Auster. Not surprisingly, there are some odd omissions in Wade's survey, especially with regard to the literature currently being produced by children of survivors--for example, Melvin Jules Bukiet and Thane Rosenbaum. Recommended for undergraduate and public libraries. S. Pinsker; Franklin & Marshall College