The Prairie Schooner Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Writing

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Hilda Raz
U of Nebraska Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 293 pages
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Bringing together a wide selection of contemporary poets, essayists, and fiction writers, this vivid collection demonstrates the continuing vitality of Jewish American writing. Featured are well-known Jewish American writers alongside fresh, emerging talents. There are new stories by (among others) Rebecca Goldstein and Faye Moskowitz and essays by Michael Blumenthal, Irena Klepfisz, Robin Becker, and Sanford Pinsker. Perhaps most striking is the impressive array of poets, from Ruth Behar to Mark Rudman to Eleanor Wilner. All provide tangible support for Sanford Pinsker's wry observation that "the demise of Jewish-American writing has been much exaggerated." A collection that embraces tradition and innovation, and that is as diverse as it is consistently stimulating, this anthology will be required reading for enthusiasts of contemporary American literature. Hilda Raz is the editor of Prairie Schooner and an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska. She is the author of several books of poems, including The Bone Dish, What Is Good, and Divine Honors.
  

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Very hit and miss. I admit I had to skip quite a bit of the poetry, though some of it was quite inspiring. Ruth Stone's poem "Uncle Cal On Fashions" made me smile and the short story "The Sin Of Elijah" by Steve Stern was a highlight. Certainly an eclectic mix. Read full review

Contents

Hilda Raz Introduction
3
Marilyn Hacker Squares and Courtyards poem
13
Wallace Stevens story
31
Alicia Ostriker Two poems
47
Marcia Pelletiere Two poems
62
Faye Moskowitz Peace in the House story
93
Barbara Helfgott Hyett Two poems
105
Ann Z Leventhal Two poems
153
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Hilda Raz is the editor of Prairie Schooner and an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska. She is the author of several books of poems, including The Bone Dish, What Is Good, and Divine Honors.

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