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    Fast, Howard (Doubleday, 1962)
    A novel by Howard Fast, downloaded from the Internet Archive. Click on the icon to read the novel.
  • Silverstein, Shel (HarperCollins Publishers, 2022)
    In celebration of Poetry Month in April, HarperCollins published some poems by Shel Silverstein. Click on the link above to read the poems. For the New York Times obituary of Shel Silverstein, click on the link below.
  • Honan`, William H. (The New York Times, 1999-05-11)
    An obituary for Shel Silverstein, who was best-known for his writing for children. His poetry collections have enjoyed long runs on the bestseller list. He is also the author of the classic children's book, "The Giving ...
  • Scott, A.O. (New York Times, 2022-07-01)
    This is New York Times film reviewer, A.O. Scott's Critics Pick of the biographical documentary, "Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song." The directors, Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine trace the seven-year development ...
  • Levinson, Julian; Halpern, Moyshe-Leyb (Alan D Leve Center for Jewish Studies, UCLA, 2015-12-07)
    This entry contains a brief biographical sketch of the Jewish American Yiddish poet, Moyshe-Leyb Halpern, as well as two of his poems in both the original Yiddish and English translation. The emphasis of the biography is ...
  • Goldsmith, Emanuel S. (Virtual Shtetl (originally published by the Congress for Jewish Culture), 1999)
    "For one hundred and thirty years, Yiddish literature in America escorted, comforted and inspired American Jewry on its adventure in freedom. It captured the changing image of the Jewish people all over the world, both ...
  • Tidhar, Lavie (Literary Hub, 2021-06-14)
    Tidhar initially set out to explore Israeli science fiction and learned it was virtually non-existent. He discovered, however, that "the modern genre of science fiction owes much of its existence to Jewish writers." Indeed ...
  • Tietz, Tabia (SciHi Blog, 2018-01-02)
    Isaac Asimov was a science fiction writer and a biochemist. Asimov coined the term "robotics," which he used in his science fiction works. The robot characters in Asimov's science fiction were supposed to obey "The Three ...
  • Moment Magazine Staff (Moment Magazine, 2012-06)
    A set of commentaries by with several contemporary writers that explore the question of whether or not the body of literary work produced by Jews can be considered Jewish fiction. Although not all of the authors included ...
  • Bernstein, Mashey (Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), 2007-11-14)
    This article discusses the work of the writer, Norman Mailer, who died in 2007, in the context of his Judaism. The author claims that, although Jews do not typically identify Mailer as a Jew, in the same way they do Bernard ...
  • Osnos, Peter (Medium, 2019-11-26)
    J.D. Salinger was best known for his 1951 novel "Catcher in the Rye." He was also known for his reclusiveness. His literary oeuvre effectively ended in the mid 1960s and little was known about his personal life until quite ...
  • Friedman, Gabe (The Forward, 2017-08-11)
    H.A. and Margaret Rey created the Curious George character, which has been beloved by children for many decades. This article describes how the Reys left Nazi Germany in 1935 to escape growing antisemitism. The couple ended ...
  • 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," ...

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