As It Was Written: A Jewish Musician's Story

A novel by Sidney Luska (Henry Harland).

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Further reading

Karl Beckson's Henry Harland (1978) is the only biography available of this eccentric author; Luska's novels are discussed in Leslie Fiedler's essay The Jew in the American Novel (1959).Jewish musicians occupy central roles in George Du Maurier's smash Trilby (l894)--in which the nefarious Jew Svengali mesmerizes an innocent girl into success as a singer--as well as Sholem Aleichem's Stempenyu (published in Yiddish in 1888 and first translated into English in 1913).

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Josh Lambert

Josh Lambert is Dorot Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and the author of American Jewish Fiction: A JPS Guide (2009).