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.
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.--Gene Shaw, NYPL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.