American Jewish fiction: a century of stories

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University of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Fiction - 445 pages
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This anthology presents an ambitious cross-section of Jewish American short fiction. It covers a full century of extraordinary writings, from turn-of-the-century immigrant fiction to stories by some of the finest young contemporary American writers. To read through its pages is to encounter a remarkable—and remarkably diverse—literary tradition.

The volume opens with stories by two important immigrant writers from the early twentieth century, Abraham Cahan and Anzia Yezierska. There follows a generous selection of modern Jewish American stories by such celebrated authors as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Saul Bellow, Grace Paley, Tillie Olsen, Bernard Malamud, and Philip Roth. The collection concludes with a rich sampling of stories by contemporary writers whose works illustrate the impressive variety and vitality of recent Jewish American fiction.

Equally suited to scholars, students, and general readers, American Jewish Fiction provides an invaluable survey of literary works that have enriched and transformed American—and world—literature.

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Abraham Cahan A Ghetto Wedding
Anzia Yezierska How I Found America
Isaac Bashevis Singer A Wedding in Brownsville

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About the author (1998)

Gerald Shapiro is an associate professor of English at the University of Nebraska. He is author of From Hunger: Stories, which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish Fiction and Bad Jews and Other Stories.

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