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1st Edition

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century

Edited By

Sorrel Kerbel

ISBN 9780415876414
Published February 12, 2010 by Routledge
714 Pages

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Book Description

Now available in paperback for the first time, Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century is both a comprehensive reference resource and a springboard for further study.

This volume:

  • examines canonical Jewish writers, less well-known authors of Yiddish and Hebrew, and emerging Israeli writers
  • includes entries on figures as diverse as Marcel Proust, Franz Kafka, Tristan Tzara, Eugene Ionesco, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Arthur Miller, Saul Bellow, Nadine Gordimer, and Woody Allen
  • contains introductory essays on Jewish-American writing, Holocaust literature and memoirs, Yiddish writing, and Anglo-Jewish literature
  • provides a chronology of twentieth-century Jewish writers.

Compiled by expert contributors, this book contains over 330 entries on individual authors, each consisting of a biography, a list of selected publications, a scholarly essay on their work and suggestions for further reading.

Table of Contents

Entries include: Allen, Woody, American-Jewish Literature, Auster, Paul ,Babel, Isaac, Bellow, Saul, Brodsky, Joseph, Castel-Bloom, Orly, Cixous, Hélène, Cohen, Leonard, Doctorow, Edgar L, Durlacher, Gerard, Dworkin, Andrea, Ehrenburg, Ilya Grigorevich, Elkin, Stanley, Ezekiel, Nissim, Fainlight, Ruth, Feiffer, Jules, Fierstein, Harvey, Gershon, Karen, Ginsberg, Allen, Gordimer, Nadine, Hebrew Literature, Heller, Joseph, Holocaust, Writing, Ignatow, David, Ionesco, Eugène, Jacob, Max, Jong, Erica, Josipovici, Gabriel, Kafka, Franz, Kertész, Imre, Konrád, György, Langer, Jiri, Levi, Primo, Lustig, Arnoöt, Mailer, Norman, Mamet, David, Miller, Arthur, Nadas, Peter, Nathanson, Henri, Nemerov, Howard, Odets, Clifford, Ortiz, Alicia, Dujovne, Oz, Amos, Paley, Grace, Pasternak, Boris, Potok, Chaim, Proust, Marcel, Raab, Esther, Roth, Philip, Rukeyser, Muriel, Sendak, Maurice, Simon, Neil, Stein, Gertrude, Tchernikowsky, Shaul, Trilling, Lionel, Tuwim, Julian, Uris, Leon, Viertel, Berthold, Vigee, Claude, Vogel, David, West, Nathanael, Wiesel, Elie, Wouk, Herman, Yehoshua, A.B., Yezierska, Anzia, Yiddish Writing in the 20th Century, Zach, Nathan, Zukofsky, Louis, Zwicky, Fay

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Sorrel Kerbel is an independent scholar who has taught English Literature at the University of Port Elizabeth and taught a "creative reading" circle in London that studied the work of Jewish writers.


'a good addition to Jewish studies and literature collections in academic libraries.' --  Library Journal

'highly recommended for academic and other libraries' -- Reference Reviews

'A major reference work of international scope and outstanding scholarship, it has no rival. Highly recommended.' -- Choice