American Jewish Fiction: A Century of Stories

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Gerald Shapiro
U of Nebraska Press, 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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Contents

Abraham Cahan A Ghetto Wedding
1
Anzia Yezierska How I Found America
15
Isaac Bashevis Singer A Wedding in Brownsville
38
Tillie Olsen Tell Me a Riddle
51
Delmore Schwartz In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
86
Bernard Malamud The Lady of the Lake
94
Saul Bellow A Silver Dish
115
Grace Paley Goodbye and Good Luck
142
Bruce Jay Friedman When Youre Excused Youre Excused
251
Philip Roth On the Air
262
Francine Prose Electricity
300
Steve Stern The Tale of a Kite
320
Melvin Jules Bukiet The Library of Moloch
335
Lev Raphael History with Dreams
346
Michelle Herman Auslander
360
Robin Hemley The 19th Jew
388

Norma Rosen What Must I Say to You?
152
Wallace Markfield The Decline of Sholem Waldman
163
Cynthia Ozick Envy or Yiddish in America
174
Broner Ghost Stories
223
Stanley Elkin Among the Witnesses
230
Helen Schulman The Revisionist
410
Allegra Goodman Sarah
424
Acknowledgments
443
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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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