This extraordinary assortment brings jointly the foremost Jewish American writers of the earlier fifty years as they study problems with identification and the way they’ve made their paintings respond.
E.L. Doctorow questions the very inspiration of the Jewish American author, insisting that every one nice writing is secular and common. Allegra Goodman embraces the categorization, arguing that it instantly binds her to her readers. Dara Horn, one of the youngest of those writers, describes the tendency of Jewish writers to target anti-Semitism and advocates a extra artistic and confident approach of telling the Jewish tale. Thane Rosenbaum explains that as a toddler of Holocaust survivors, he was once pushed to write down in an try and reimagine the tragic endings in Jewish history.
Here are the tales of the way those writers grew to become who they're: Saul Bellow on his youth in Chicago, Grace Paley on her early love of Romantic poetry, Chaim Potok on being remodeled by means of the paintings of Evelyn Waugh. right here, too, are Philip Roth, Cynthia Ozick, Erica Jong, Jonathon Rosen, Tova Mirvis, Pearl Abraham, Alan Lelchuk, Rebecca Goldstein, Nessa Rapoport, and lots of more.
Spanning 3 generations of Jewish writing in the United States, those essays — by means of turns nostalgic, comedian, relocating, and deeply provocative- represent a useful research into the considering and the paintings of a few of America’s most vital writers.