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On Being Jewish: American Jewish Writers from Cahan to Bellow
On Being Jewish American Jewish Writers from Cahan to Bellow Author:Daniel Walden ON BEING JEWISH is a collection of work by Jewish writers documenting the Jewish experience in America. Although the had been Jews in the United States long before its founding, it was not until the late nineteenth century that the period of tremendous creative ferment began. By the turn of the century, more than one third of the Jews in Eastern... more » Europe had immigrated to America, most of them to New York, where they were confronted with the transition from a richly religious tradition, however fraught with persecution, to a world of new freedoms where economic success was of paramount importance.
Since then, the prosperity of the Twenties, the Depression, World War 2 and the Holocaust, and contemporary unrest have all forced succeeding generations of writers to face the ambiguity that is the American Jewish experience and to find new ways to resolve the dilemmas that accompany every era.
Abraham Cahan, Mary Antin, Henry Roth, Ludwig Lewisohn, Edward Dahlberg, Meyer Levin, Robert Nathan, Ben Hecht, Maxwell Bodenheim, Philip Roth, Howard Nemerov, Saul Bellow, and Herbert Gold are among the authors whose writings are included in the invaluable anthology.
Daniel Walden teaches at Pennsylvania State University. He is the editor of W.E.B.DU BOIS: The "Crisis" Writings and ON BEING BLACK: Writings by Afro-Americans.« less