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Understanding Contemporary American Literature Series
is designed
for students and non-academic readers and devotes each vol­
ume to a single author. With the exception of the four series,
we have tried to provide annotation for every book we could
locate.
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I. Bibliography and Encyclopedia
C r o n in , G l o r i a L., B l a in e H . H a l l
and
C o n n ie Lamb.
Jewish-American
Fiction Writers: A Selective Annotated Bibliography.
New York: Gar­
land, 1991. 1233 p.
Contains primary and secondary sources for sixty-two
American-Jewish fiction writers for whom no individual bibliog­
raphies exist. Includes fiction writers from the nineteenth century
to the contemporary period. Lists reviews, articles, chapters, in­
terviews, biographical sources, bibliographies, and dissertations.
Volume is selective.
F i s h e l , J a c k
and
S a n f o r d P in sk e r ,
eds.
J ewish-American History and
Culture: An Encyclopedia.
Hamden: Garland, 1992. 710 p.
A reference work that attempts to present a variety o f aspects
o f the Jewish experience in America, such as religious institutions,
communal organizations, secular activities, cultural contributions,
and specific individuals. Sections on American Jewish literature,
authors, and literary criticism.
II. General
B a um g a r t e n , M u r r a y .
City Scriptures: Modem Jewish Writing.
Cam­
bridge: Harvard UP, 1982. 185 p.
An investigation o f the urban situation o f the contemporary Jew.
The city is seen as a bridge from tradition to modernity. Traces
the influence o f urban life on American writers from Bellow to
Roth and on non-Americans, including Singer, Agnon, Kafka, and
Babel.
B lo om , A l e x a n d e r .
Prodigal Sons: The New York Intellectuals and Their
World.
New York: Oxford UP, 1986. 461 p.
In a general discussion o f the history o f the “New York Intel­
lectuals,” the book deals with both writers and literary critics, such
as Saul Bellow, Delmore Schwartz, Irving Howe, Alfred Kazin,
and Philip Rahv.
C h am e tzk y , J u l e s .
Our Decentralized Literature: Cultural Mediations in
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