Jewish Literature & Writing
Jewish American literature has chronicled and paralleled the Jewish American experience. It depicts the struggles of immigrant life, the stable yet alienated middle-class existence that followed, and finally the unique challenges of cultural acceptance: assimilation and the reawakening of tradition.Read More
Major FiguresPhilip Roth
A long (fictional) trail of tears.Chaim Potok
In addition to being an award-winning novelist, Chaim Potok was also a philosopher and a rabbi.Cynthia Ozick
Ozick's version of Jewish literature is more than Yiddish words and slapstick.Emma Lazarus
The poet best known for the verse inscribed on the Statue of Liberty pedestal.Maurice Sendak
From monsters under the bed to the horrors of the Holocaust, the artist and author knows his way around a child's brain.
American Jewish LiteratureJewish American Literature from 1970-2000
Suddenly being Jewish seemed as natural as breathing, sleeping, and sex.Immigrant Literature
Yiddish-speaking Jews put faith in the language of their new country.Poetry
Is there something uniquely Jewish about the poetry of Jewish Americans?The 21st Century
Vibrancy and diversity mark the new crop of novelists and story writers.Comic Books
How American Jews created the comic book industry.
Yiddish LiteratureEuropean Writing
The writings of Ashkenazic Jewry spans several languages and centuries.20th Century
Yiddish writers emigrated from Europe, and though Yiddish writing all but ceased after the Holocaust, it is seeing a small rebirth today.I.L. Peretz
And his contributions to Yiddish literature.Sholem Aleichem
Sholem Aleichem was one of the most beloved writers of Yiddish literature in the late 19th and early 20th century.I.B. Singer
The life and work of Yiddish literature's Nobel laureate.
Hebrew LiteratureA Reader's Guide
Hebrew literature in translation.Early Literature
Nationalistic poetry was a powerful, early Israeli genre.The New Wave
In the second half of the 20th century, Israeli writers became a voice of critique and protest.Yehuda Amichai
Amichai was among the first Israeli writers to compose poems in colloquial Modern Hebrew.Rahel the Poetess
Rahel's poetry expounded on the beauty of the land of Israel--but it was a tragedy in space that gave one of her poems renewed attention.