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AMERICAN JEWISH FICTION AWARDS
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better books will be published, more artistic books will be recog­
nized, and more Jewish writers will find they can combine their
Americanism and their Judaism, and find it unnecessary in inter­
views in magazines, in commencement addresses and in essays,
to harp on the theme, “Yes, I ’m a writer. Yes, I ’m a Jew. Yes,
I ’m an American but least of all I ’m a Jew.” Perhaps the time
will come for these younger writers when they will not feel com­
pelled to place the Jew last.