American Jewish Fiction by Gerald Shapiro
A Century of Stories

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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.

 

About Gerald Shapiro

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Leonard J. Greenspoon is a professor of classical and Near Eastern studies and theology and holds the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University. Ronald A. Simkins is an associate professor of theology and director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Creighton University. Gerald Shapiro is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
 
Published October 1, 1998 by University of Nebraska Press. 445 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though some better-known contemporaries are represented by such perhaps overfamiliar pieces as Saul Bellow’s “A Silver Dish” and Cynthia Ozick’s “Envy,” Shapiro also offers such unconventional delights as a fine, wry Bernard Malamud story (“The Lady of the Lake”) and Philip Roth’s “On the Air,” a...

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