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Jewish American literature : a Norton anthology
Chametzky, Jules.
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New York : Norton, [2001]

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xxiv, 1221 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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PS508.J4 J45 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Classic and Contemporary Writers: Here, generously represented, are the writers who have shaped the tradition, among them Emma Lazarus, Abraham Cahan, Henry Roth, Nathanael West, Clifford Odets, Tillie Olsen, Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, Grace Paley, Philip Roth, Allen Ginsberg, Cynthia Ozick, and Harold Bloom. Joining them are younger writers such as Melvin Jules Bukiet, Jacqueline Osherow, Art Speigelman, Steve Stern and Allegra Goodman, who bring the tradition up to its thriving present.Yiddish and Hebrew Writing in America Jewish American Literature: Traces in breadth and depth America's rich Yiddish-language culture, from the work of Morris Rosenfeld and David Edelshtadt in the 1880s through the Yunge and Introspectivist movements to the post-Holocaust writings of Kadya Molodowsky and Isaac Bashevis Singer. Also represented is Hebrew writing, in translations of the work of Ephraim E. Lisitzky and modernist Gabriel Preil.Special Sections: "Jewish Humor" offers choice selections of Groucho Marx, Woody Allen, and a cluster of perennial Jewish jokes; "The Golden Age of the Broadway Song" samples the unforgettable lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II, Irving Berlin, Frank Loesser, and Stephen Sondheim, among others; "Jews Translating Jews" reflects on the translator's role in transmitting tradition, gathering poems translated from Yiddish, Hebrew, German, Hungarian, Italian, and Spanish by Jewish American poets from Emma Lazarus to David Unger.Helpful and Lively Reader's Apparatus: The Reader's Apparatus includes a general introduction, period introductions, author headnotes, explanatory annotations, and selected bibliographies.

Author Notes

Jules Chametzky teaches at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

The most important and complete anthology of Jewish American literature to date, this volume confirms the importance of this literature in the fabric of American culture. Chametzky (Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst) collaborated with John Felstiner (Stanford Univ.), Hilene Flanzbaum (Butler Univ.), and Kathryn Hellerstein (Univ. of Pennsylvania) to encompass Jewish literature from 1654 to the present in this collection of poems, cartoons, sermons, diaries, letters, stories, speeches, plays, prayers, novel excerpts, and critical writings either translated from Hebrew or Yiddish or written in English. Major sections group the lite rature chronologically to help identify large movements, such as the "Literature of Arrival, 1654-1880" and the later "From Margin to Mainstream in Difficult Times, 1924-1945." Other sections focus on humor, Broadway songs, and translations. The Yiddish Yunge and Introspectivist circles, as well as the Objectivist poets, are strongly included, and women writers are well represented. The introductions, headnotes, and annotations describe the political and historic forces at work that affected Jewish life both religiously and culturally. All the major post-World War II writers (e.g., Tillie Olsen, Norman Mailer, Cynthia Ozick, and Saul Bellow) and many lesser-known writers (e.g., H. Leyvik, Paul Goodman, Mark Mirsky, and Miriam Israel Moses) are among the 145 authors represented. This great anthology is essential for Jewish studies and American literature collections.DGene Shaw, NYPL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.