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  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Mendelsohn, Daniel (2019)
    Daniel Mendelsohn's homepage with links to a list of books and essays he has written, as well as some information about Mendelsohn. Click on the link to visit the Web Site.
  • Mendelsohn, Daniel (The New Yorker, 2017-06-06)
    A memoir/essay Mendelsohn wrote for the New Yorker magazine, describing this friendship with a French woman, whom he credited with turning him into a writer. Click on the link to read the essay.
  • Garner, Dwight (New York Times, 2017-09-18)
    A book review in the New York Times of Daniel Mendelsohn's 2017 memoir entitled "An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic." Mendelsohn, a Classics professor at Bard College, writes about his father enrolling in his ...
  • Frum, David (The Atlantic, 2015-05-17)
    This article argues that "Herman Wouk deserves more critical acclaim than he’s enjoyed." Click on the link above to read David Frum's argument for Wouk.
  • Pinsker, Sanford (My Jewish Learning, 2006)
    "If Jewish-American literature in the early years of the 21st century seems to be “going everywhere,” that’s a good, exciting thing. We have, after all, many more decades before the dust settles. History will make judgments ...
  • Moyers, Bill (Moyers & Company, 1988-10-11)
    A transcript of a conversation between Bill Moyers and E.L. Doctorow as part of the television series, World of Ideas, in which Doctorow discusses his beliefs about the responsibility of writers to be politically engaged. ...
  • Weber, Bruce (New York Times, 2015-07-21)
    A New York Times obituary for the prominent writer, E.L. Doctorow, Click on the link to read the obituary.

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