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Howe and Eliezer Greenberg,
A Treasury of Yiddish Stories
(Schocken, 1973) and
A Treasury of Yiddish Poetry
1976). See also Irving Howe and Ruth Wisse,
The Best of Sholom
(Pocket Books, 1983) and the many novels and stories by
I.B. Singer.
For additional guidance in the area of Hebrew literature one
could look at Simon Halkin,
Modem Hebrew Literature
1970) and the appropriate essays in two books by Robert Alter,
ter the Tradition
(Dutton, 1969) and
Defenses ofthe Imagination
1977). For the role of the Holocaust in Israeli literature see Alan
(Columbia University, 1984), pp. 157-271. For
Yiddish literature see Ruth Wisse,
The Schlemiel as Modem Hero,
(University of Chicago, 1971) and David Roskies,
Against theApoc­
(Harvard University, 1984).
For fiction written in English the major writers are well-known:
Saul Bellow (in particular
The Victim
for their Jewish
concerns), Philip Roth (in particular
Goodbye Columbus
and the tril­
Zuckerman Bound),
and Bernard Malamud (in particular his
These three writers have, of course, an interna­
tional reputation, but others both popular and serious, deal more
specifically with “Jewish theses”: Chaim Potok in all of his fiction,
Cynathia Ozick, Elie Wiesel, as well as Herman Wouk, Leon Uris
and numerous others. Among the younger writers, see in particular
Nessa Rapoport’s
Preparingfor Sabbath
for its serious concern with
contemporary religious issues, and the reworking of folk tales and
fairy tales done in a number of works by Howard Schwartz.
In poetry the best source is the wide-ranging international an­
thology edited Howard Schwartz and Anthony Rudolf,
Within theArk: TheModemJewish Poets
(Avon, 1980). For second­
ary sources for this literature see the relevant chapters in the two
books by Robert Alter mentioned above,
After the Tradition
Defenses of the Imagination.
Finally, we should look at the major figures of Jewish theology
who have written in this century. In particular: Martin Buber,
(Scribners, 1970); Nahum Glatzer,
Franz Rosenzweig: HisLife
and Thought
(Schocken, 1972); Mordecai Kaplan,
Judaism as a Civ-