The Most Comprehensive Anthology of Jewish American Literature Ever
Published: With the work of 145 writers, from 1645 to the present, writing in all
genres—fiction, poetry, drama, essays, letters, editorials, journals,
autobiography, cartoons, song lyrics, and jokes.
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.
"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