This extraordinary assortment brings jointly the foremost Jewish American writers of the earlier fifty years as they learn problems with identification and the way they’ve made their paintings respond.
E.L. Doctorow questions the very concept of the Jewish American author, insisting that every one nice writing is secular and common. Allegra Goodman embraces the categorization, arguing that it instantly binds her to her readers. Dara Horn, one of the youngest of those writers, describes the tendency of Jewish writers to target anti-Semitism and advocates a extra artistic and confident method of telling the Jewish tale. Thane Rosenbaum explains that as a toddler of Holocaust survivors, he was once pushed to jot down in an try to reimagine the tragic endings in Jewish history.
Here are the tales of ways those writers grew to become who they're: Saul Bellow on his early life in Chicago, Grace Paley on her early love of Romantic poetry, Chaim Potok on being reworked by means of the paintings of Evelyn Waugh. right here, too, are Philip Roth, Cynthia Ozick, Erica Jong, Jonathon Rosen, Tova Mirvis, Pearl Abraham, Alan Lelchuk, Rebecca Goldstein, Nessa Rapoport, and plenty of more.
Spanning 3 generations of Jewish writing in the US, those essays — via turns nostalgic, comedian, relocating, and deeply provocative- represent a useful research into the pondering and the paintings of a few of America’s most vital writers.