By Joel Shatzky
Considering that global struggle II, Jewish-American novelists have considerably contributed to the area of literature. This reference booklet comprises alphabetically prepared entries for greater than seventy five Jewish-American novelists whose significant works have been mostly written after international struggle II. incorporated are entries for either famous and comparatively vague novelists, a lot of whom are only turning into verified as major literary figures. whereas the amount profiles significant canonical figures akin to Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, and Bernard Malamud, it additionally goals to be extra inclusive than different works on modern Jewish-American writers. therefore there are entries for homosexual and lesbian novelists comparable to Lev Raphael and Judith Katz, whose works problem the extra orthodox definition of Jewish spiritual and cultural traditions; artwork Speigelman, whose debatable ^IMaus^R confirmed a brand new style by means of combining components of the comedian booklet and the normal novel; and beginners reminiscent of Steve Stern and Max Apple, who've develop into extra famous in the final decade. every one access incorporates a short biography, a dialogue of significant works and issues, an summary of the novelist's serious reception, and a bibliography of fundamental and secondary assets. A considerate advent summarizes Jewish-American fiction after global battle II, and a particular, basic bibliography lists extra resources of information.Since international struggle II, Jewish-American novelists have made quite a few major contributions to modern literature. Authors of previous generations could often write concerning the issues and successes of Jewish immigrants to the United States, and their works may mirror the realm of ecu Jewish tradition. yet like different immigrant teams, Jewish-Americans became more and more assimilated into mainstream American tradition. Many suppose the lack of their historical past and lengthy for anything to exchange the misplaced values of the previous world.This reference booklet comprises alphabetically prepared entries for greater than seventy five Jewish-American novelists whose significant works have been mostly written after international struggle II. incorporated are entries for either recognized and comparatively imprecise novelists, lots of whom are only turning into tested as major literary figures. whereas the quantity profiles significant canonical figures comparable to Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, and Bernard Malamud, it additionally goals to be extra inclusive than different works on modern Jewish-American writers. hence there are entries for homosexual and lesbian novelists akin to Lev Raphael and Judith Katz, whose works problem the extra orthodox definitions of Jewish spiritual and cultural traditions; artwork Speigelman, whose debatable ^IMaus^R verified a brand new style via combining components of the comedian publication and the traditional novel; and rookies similar to Steve Stern and Max Apple, who've develop into extra in demand in the final decade. each one access features a short biography, a dialogue of significant works and topics, an summary of the novelist's severe reception, and a bibliography of basic and secondary assets. A considerate advent summarizes Jewish-American fiction after global battle II, and a specific, normal bibliography lists extra assets for info.
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