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  • Lambert, Josh (Jewish Currents, 2020-05-25)
    A discussion of contemporary Jewish novelists by the Academic Director of the Yiddish Book Center. "the prizes given out in the world of Jewish letters rarely make much of a ripple beyond the adjacent professional circles. ...
  • Reid, Panthea (Encylopedia Britannica, Inc., 2020-01-10)
    A biographical essay on Tillie Olsen. It discusses her life and her political influences and beliefs, which provide context for her work. The article traces the development and themes of Olsen's work and assesses her legacy. ...
  • Cusac, Anne Marie (The Progressive Magazine, 1999-01-04)
    This article provides a short discussion of Tillie Olsen, her life, her work, her political activism, and the obstacles that class and gender impose on an artist's ability to find the time to be creative. In the interview ...
  • Roskies, David G. (Jewish Women's Archive, 2009-02-27)
    A short biography of the life and accomplishments of the Canadian American Jewish scholar, Ruth Wisse, who co-founded the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University. Click on the link above to read the biography.
  • Norich, Anita (YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, 2010-10-19)
    Although Israel Joshua Singer, the older brother of Isaac Bashevis Singer, lived most of his life in Eastern Europe, much of his most accomplished work was published once he moved to the United States. This short biography ...
  • Maggid 
    Piercy, Marge (Poetry Foundation, 2001)
    In the Passover Seder the Maggid is the telling of the Passover story. This poem is the poet Marge Piercy's commentary on the story. Click on the link above to read it.
  • Singer, Isaac Bashevis (Nobelprize.org, 1978)
    "No technological achievements can mitigate the disappointment of modern man, his loneliness, his feeling of inferiority, and his fear of war, revolution and terror. Not only has our generation lost faith in Providence but ...
  • Brennan, Sarah (The Book Report, Inc (bookreporter.com), 2000-10-24)
    According to this review, "MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, Jonathan Lethem's latest novel, strikes a near perfect balance between hard-boiled crime story and literary fiction." Click on the link above to read the rest of the article.
  • Englander, Nathan (Jewish Currents, 2019-04-10)
    This is an excerpt from Nathan Englander's novel "kaddish.com" (Knopf, 2019). Click on the link above to access it.
  • Goldenberg, Lauren (Jewish Currents, 2019-04-10)
    This is an interview with Nathan Englander, " the author of the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, winner of the PEN/Malamud Award, and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, as well as the ...
  • Evers, Stuart (The Guardian, 2008-07-22)
    A short biographical polemic arguing for the continuing importance of Bernard Malamud, whose work earned him both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Click on the link above to access the article.
  • Homberger, Eric (The Guardian, 2018-05-23)
    A biographical essay on the life and work of Philip Roth that argues the "Poignantly humane novelist set on emancipating American literature from respectability." Click on the link above to access this essay that serves ...
  • Piercy, Marge (Poetry Foundation. Originally published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2006)
    A poem by the Jewish American writer Marge Piercy, on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah. Click on the link above to access.
  • Cohen, Leonard (YouTube, 2006-08-29)
    Based on the prayer “U’Netaneh Tokef,” recited at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Leonard Cohen created the poem and song "Who By Fire." In this performance he is accompanied by the great saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Click ...
  • Ozick, Cynthia (The New Yorker, 1997-09-28)
    In a provocative article in the New Yorker Magazine, Cynthia Ozick differentiates between the public version of Anne Frank and the actual Anne Frank who hid with her family from the Nazis in an attic in Amsterdam. Ozick ...
  • Greif, Mark (The New York Times, 2018-12-05)
    A critical essay/review of the second volume of Zachary Leader's The Life of Saul Bellow (entitled "Love and Strife, 1965-2005"). Click on the link above to access.
  • Lowin, Josepgh (Jewish Women's Archive, 2009-03-20)
    A biographical essay about the life and work of Cynthia Ozick In his description of Ozick's early life, Lowin describes how she dates her feminism to the age of five, when her grandmother took her to "heder," where Jewish ...
  • Guttenplan, D. D. (The Nation, 2014-01-29)
    An essay on a biography of Abraham Cahan entitled "The Rise of Abraham Cahan." The essay reviews the life of Cahan, who was the longtime editor of the Yiddish language "Forward." Click on the link above to access this ...
  • Cahan, Abraham (Project Gutenberg, 2001-09-01)
    The best known fictional work of one of the founders of the Jewish newspaper "The Forward." Click on one of the icons below to download either an epub or plain text version of the novel originally published in 1917.
  • Grimes, William (New York Times, 2019-05-17)
    A New York Times obituary of the best-selling novelist, Herman Wouk, who died at the age of 103. The obituary describes his work, his background and education. Click on the link to read the obiturary.

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