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"The lash may force men to physical labor, it cannot force them to spiritual creativity." -- Sholem Asch
Sholem Asch, born Szalom Asz (), also written Shalom Asch(November 1, 1880 - July 10, 1957) was a Polish-born American Jewish novelist, dramatist, and essayist in the Yiddish language.

Asch was born in Kutno, Poland, one of ten children of Moszek Asz (1825 Gabin-1905 Kutno), a cattle-dealer and innkeeper, and Frajda Malka, ne Widawska (1850 ??czyca), and received a traditional Jewish education; as a young man he followed that with a more liberal education obtained at W?oc?awek, where he supported himself as a letter writer for the illiterate Jewish townspeople. From there he moved to Warsaw, where he met and married Mathilde Shapiro, the daughter of the Polish-Jewish writer, M.M. Shapiro. Influenced by the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment), initially Asch wrote in Hebrew, but I.L. Peretz convinced him to switch to Yiddish.

He traveled to Palestine in 1908 and the U.S. in 1910. He sat out World War I in the U.S. where he became a naturalized citizen in 1920. He returned to Poland. He later moved to France, visited Palestine again in 1936, and settled in the U.S. in 1938.

His Kiddush ha-Shem (1919) is one of the earliest historical novels in modern Yiddish literature, about the antisemitic Chmielnicki Uprising in mid-17th century Ukraine and Poland. When his 1907 drama, God of Vengeance — which is set in a brothel and whose plot features a lesbian relationship — was performed on Broadway in 1923, the entire cast was arrested and successfully prosecuted on obscenity charges, despite the fact that the play was sufficiently highly esteemed in Europe to have already been translated into German, Russian, Polish, Hebrew, Italian, Czech and Norwegian. His 1929–31 trilogy, Farn Mabul (Before the Flood, translated as Three Cities) describes early 20th century Jewish life in St. Petersburg, Warsaw, and Moscow. His Bayrn Opgrunt (1937, translated as The Precipice), is set in Germany during the hyperinflation of the 1920s. Dos Gezang fun Tol (The Song of the Valley) is about the halutzim (Jewish-Zionist pioneers in Palestine), and reflects his 1936 visit to that region.

A celebrated writer in his own lifetime, a 12-volume set of his collected works was published in the early 1920s; in 1932 he was awarded the Polish Republic's Polonia Restituta decoration and was elected honorary president of the Yiddish PEN Club. However, he was later to offend Jewish sensibilities with his 1939–1949 trilogy, The Nazarene, The Apostle, and Mary, which dealt with New Testament subjects. The Forward, New York's leading Yiddish-language newspaper, not only dropped him as a writer, but also openly attacked him for promoting Christianity.

Asch spent most of his last two years in Bat Yam near Tel Aviv, Israel (although he died in London). His house in Bat Yam is now the Sholem Asch Museum. The bulk of his library, containing rare Yiddish books and manuscripts, including the manuscripts of some of his own works, is held at Yale University.

His sons were Moszek Asz Moses "Moe" Asch (born February 12, 1905, Warsaw, died October 19, 1986, USA), the founder and head of Folkways Records, and Natan Asz/Nathan Asch (born 1902, Warsaw, died 1964, USA), also a writer.

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Total Books: 46
The God of Vengeance Drama in Three Acts
2010 - The God of Vengeance Drama in Three Acts (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781141032549
ISBN-10: 1141032546
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Uncle Moses
2009 - Uncle Moses (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780217653602
ISBN-10: 021765360X
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Uncle Moses a Novel
2009 - Uncle Moses a Novel (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780217140126
ISBN-10: 0217140122
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Mottke the Vagabond
2009 - Mottke the Vagabond (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780217237475
ISBN-10: 0217237479
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Kiddush ha-Shem
2008 - Kiddush Ha-shem (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781590211670
ISBN-10: 1590211677
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One Destiny An Epistle To The Christians
2007 - One Destiny an Epistle to the Christians (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780548081709
ISBN-10: 0548081700
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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East River A Novel of New York
2005 - East River a Novel of New York (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781417988723
ISBN-10: 141798872X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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2004 - Der Tilim Yid Vol 1 [Salvation - Yiddish] (Audio CD)
Kiddush HaShem An Epic of 1648
2002 - Kiddush Hashem an Epic of 1648 (Audio CD)Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781893079168
ISBN-10: 1893079163
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality
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Kiddush Ha Shem An Epic of 1648
2001 - Kiddush Ha Shem an Epic of 1648 (Audio Cassette)Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781893079090
ISBN-10: 1893079090
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Salvation
2000 - Salvation (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780805211344
ISBN-10: 0805211349
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Nazarene
1996 - The Nazarene (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780786703791
ISBN-10: 0786703792
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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In the Beginning
1987 - In the Beginning (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780805206265
ISBN-10: 0805206264
Genre: Children's Books
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Mary
1985 - Mary (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780881841411
ISBN-10: 0881841412
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Apostle
1985 - The Apostle (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780881841671
ISBN-10: 0881841676
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Nazarene
1984 - Nazarene (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780881840728
ISBN-10: 0881840726
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Prophet
1955 - Prophet (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9789997406347
ISBN-10: 9997406346
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Moses
1951 - Moses (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9789997406293
ISBN-10: 999740629X
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Mary
1949 - Mary (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789997406286
ISBN-10: 9997406281
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Apostle
1943 - Apostle (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789997406262
ISBN-10: 9997406265
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The Mother
The Mother (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780404004088
ISBN-10: 0404004083
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Kiddush Ha-shem an Epic of 1648 [Modern Jewish Experience Series] (Hardcover)
Song of the valley
Song of the Valley (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780742641365
ISBN-10: 0742641368
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Tales of My People [Short Story Index Reprint Series] (Hardcover)Hardcover