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Arthur Allen Cohen (1928-1986) was an American Jewish scholar, theologian and author.

Cohen wrote The Natural and the Supernatural Jew (1962), tracing the history of Jewish theology from the late 15th century, through the German Jewish renaissance, and into what he saw as a hopeful yet troubled American Jewish scene. "Whether the Jewish genius for religion will display the tensility, urgency, and creativity to make of American Judaism something more than a boring legacy of conservation remains to be seen." (p. 178)

Cohen edited a popular reader on Jewish thought (Arguments and Doctrines) and wrote several novels, including In the Days of Simon Stern, Acts of Theft, The Carpenter Years and An Admirable Woman. He also collected rare books, founded a press, and served as an editor for several others.

"Arthur A. Cohen was born in 1928 and died in 1986; he wrote five novels, nine works of nonfiction, and edited five books.

"The nature of art and the psyche of an artist were persistent themes in other writings of Cohen's, along with questions of sincerity and authenticity. But his interests and activities were scattered among a number of other, seemingly unrelated, concerns. He was co-founder of the Noonday Press and founder of Meridian Books, and then editor at Holt, Rinehart & Winston, E. P. Dutton and Viking. He was also a theologian, presumably working on his contributions to the encyclopedic Contemporary Jewish Religious Thought (recently published by Charles Scribner's Sons) at the same time that he was finishing Artists & Enemies. He collected rare books, later became a rare-book dealer, and he created the catalogues of Ex Libris on the major movements of 20th-century art. In a way he exemplified the Karl Kraus witticism about being a very famous person, but only a few people knew it. WHAT comes to mind when contemplating Arthur Cohen's career is the passage in the first volume of Mircea Eliade's autobiography where he bemoans not having an audience for all of his writings. Certainly Eliade had an audience for his works of fiction, as for his studies in religion and for his social, political and cultural criticism; but he found no one else to have exactly the same combination of interests as the ones he was equally passionate about himself. I suspect there is no one audience that shared all of Cohen's interests and, therefore, there is no common opinion remotely suggesting a consensus evaluation of his life and thought. The handsomely designed jacket of Artists & Enemies includes the announcement that this is his first posthumous book. Does that promise more to come? Fiction? Fugitive essays? Are there Journals or Notebooks or Letters in the works? Perhaps we can expect further publications to throw more revealing light on the writings of this complex artist.

In the meanwhile, let it be said that Arthur A. Cohen was a thinker and an artist who made friends and enemies." April 12, 1987

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Total Books: 17
CONTEMPORARY JEWISH RELIGIOUS THOUGHT
1988 - Contemporary Jewish Religious Thought (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780029060407
ISBN-10: 0029060400
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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An Admirable Woman
1988 - An Admirable Woman (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780879237059
ISBN-10: 0879237058
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Acts of Theft
1988 - Acts of Theft [Phoenix Fiction Series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780226112503
ISBN-10: 0226112500
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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A Hero in His Time
1988 - A Hero in His Time [Phoenix Fiction Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780226112527
ISBN-10: 0226112527
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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In the Days of Simon Stern
1987 - In the Days of Simon Stern [Phoenix Fiction Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780226112541
ISBN-10: 0226112543
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Artists and Enemies Three Novellas
1987 - Artists and Enemies Three Novellas (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780879236502
ISBN-10: 0879236507
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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In the Days of Simon Stern
1973 - In the Days of Simon Stern (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780394483030
ISBN-10: 0394483030
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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A People Apart Hasidism in America
1970 - A People Apart Hasidism in America (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780525177302
ISBN-10: 0525177302
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Communism of Mao Tse-Tung
Communism of Mao Tse-tung [Phoenix Books] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780226112824
ISBN-10: 0226112829
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A Hero in His Time
A Hero in His Time (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780436103018
ISBN-10: 043610301X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Acts of theft
Acts of Theft (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780436103025
ISBN-10: 0436103028
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Sonia Delaunay
Sonia Delaunay (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780810902923
ISBN-10: 0810902923
Genre: Arts & Photography
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The Tremendum
The Tremendum (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780824500061
ISBN-10: 0824500067
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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The Tremendum A Theological Interpretation of the Holocaust
An Admirable Woman
An Admirable Woman (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780879234744
ISBN-10: 0879234741
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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