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  • Kulwin, Noah (newrepublic.com, 2021-06-24)
    "Joshua Cohen’s inventive new novel imagines Benjamin Netanyahu’s childhood, and digs deep into his father Benzion’s vision of Jewish history." Click on the link above to read this review of the novel by the Jewish American ...
  • Ozick, Cynthia (New York Times, 2021-04-01)
    A review by Cynthia Ozick of Blake Bailey's biography of Philip Roth entitled "Philip Roth: The Biography." Click on the link above to read the review. Bailey's biography has since become mired in controversy over accusations ...
  • Alter, Alexandra; Schuessler, Jennifer (New York Times, 2021-06-04)
    In an effort to control his legacy, Philip Roth authorized only one biography, "Philip Roth: The Biography" by Blake Bailey, which appeared after Roth's death. The biography was based on hundreds of hours of interviews ...
  • Scott, A.O. (New York Times, 2021-03-25)
    This essay on the author, Tillie Olsen, is part of A.O. Scott's series in the New York Times Sunday Book Review, entitled "The Americans: Writers Who Show Us Who We Are." He focuses on the work for which Tillie Olsen is ...
  • Norwich, Anita (Jewish Women's Archive, 2009-03-20)
    This article focuses on Yiddish literature in the United States written by women. The author notes that, as is the case with Jewish women in the United States more broadly, Yiddish literature by women has typically been ...
  • Sendak, Maurice (HarperTrophy, 1963)
    "Where the Wild Things Are" is a popular and highly-acclaimed children's book that was both written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. It was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1964 for being the most distinguished picture ...
  • The Maurice Sendak Foundation (The Maurice Sendak Foundation, 2020)
    A brief biography of Maurice Sendak. Sendak is primarily known as an author and illustrator of children's books, for which he received several awards, including the Caldecott Medal, Hans Christian Andersen Award, and he ...
  • Homberger, Eric (The Guardian, 2003-03-13)
    An obituary of American author, Howard Fast. A member of the American Communist Party until 1956, much of Fast's work was politically progressive. He reached a broad American readership with this novels "Spartacus," ...
  • Glück, Louise (Nobel Foundation, 2021)
    The full text of the Nobel Lecture that Louise Glück delivered for having received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2020. Click View/Open next to the icon below to read her lecture. To see an article in the Jewish Women's ...
  • Panofsky, Ruth (The Conversation, 2020-12-21)
    "Readers will know the poet Irving Layton...as well as novelist Mordecai Richler and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, all of them Montréalers. But you may not know the women who published poems and prose alongside their ...
  • Poets.org (Academy of American Poets, 2020)
    A website with a list of poems by Louise Glück and links to the actual poems. Click on the link to view the website and read Glück's poetry. Click on the link below to read her Nobel Lecture.
  • Barnat, Dara (Jewish Women's Archive, 2020-10-08)
    This article is about the life and illustrious career of Louise Glück, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2020. The article considers Glück's poetic style as well as the Jewish influences in her work.In ...
  • Ballif, Algene (Commentary Magazine, 1957-04)
    A critical book review of Adele Wiseman's first novel, "The Sacrifice," Click on the link to read the review.
  • Brown, Michael (Jewish Women's Archive, 2009-02-27)
    A biographical essay on Adele Wiseman, whom the author credits as being "[o]ne of Canada’s most highly regarded writers of the second half of the twentieth century." The article describes how Wiseman, who was born in 1928 ...
  • Horn, Dara (Tablet, 2020-02-10)
    Ann essay on the literary work of I J Singer, the brother of the I B Singer, the Nobel Prie winner in the literature. The author of this article writes, I'd "like to make the case for a writer I regard as a much better ...
  • The Editors of the Encyclopedia Britannica (Encylopedia Britannica, 2020-03-29)
    This article from the Encyclopedia Britannica discusses David Mamet and his wide-ranging career. Although he is best known as a prolific American playwright. Mamet is also a successful film screenwriter and director. He ...
  • 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.

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