Jewish American literature : a Norton anthology
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- ISBN: 9780393048094
- ISBN: 0393048098
xxiv, 1221 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Publisher: New York : Norton, ©2001.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 1171-1206) and index.
Literature of arrival, 1654-1880. To the Honorable Director General and Council of New Netherlands / Abraham de Lucena, et al. -- from A sermon preached at the synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island / Haim Isaac Karigal -- from Diary / Mordecai Sheftall -- Letter from "a Jew broker" / Haym Salomon -- A prayer for the medina / Jacob I. Cohen -- Letters to her parents / Rebecca Samuel -- An address in the Committee of the Whole of the House of Commons of North Carolina / Jacob Henry -- from Letters of Rebecca Gratz. To Benjamin Gratz (February 27, 1825) ; To Maria Gist Gratz (June 29, 1834) ; To Maria Gist Gratz (August 27, 1840) ; To Ann Boswell Gratz (August 23, 1861) ; To Ann Boswell Gratz (September 12, 1861) ; To Ann Boswell Gratz (March 11, 1863) ; To Benjamin Gratz (April 15, 1863) / Rebecca Gratz -- The fortress of Sorrento / Mordecai Manuel Noah -- Miriam ; Hymn / Penina Moïse -- from Discourses on the Jewish religion. Discourse XXIV : the dangers and defenses of Judaism / Isaac Leeser -- The Fourth of July, 1858 / Isaac Mayer Wise -- Judith ; Myself ; Hear, o Israel! / Adah Isaacs Menken -- from The fatal secret! or, Plots and counterplots : a novel of the sixteenth century. Chapter XLVI : the escape / Nathan Mayer -- Miriam / Anonymous -- In the Jewish synagogue at Newport ; 1492 ; The new Ezekiel ; Echoes ; The new colossus ; Venus of the Louvre / Emma Lazarus.
The great tide, 1881-1924. A ghetto wedding / Abraham Cahan -- Corner of pain and anguish ; My little son ; Walt Whitman (America's great poet) / Morris Rosenfeld -- To the muse ; My testament / David Edelshtadt -- Amid the Colorado mountains ; Rachel's tomb ; Lynching ; Woolworth Building ; Yang-Ze-Fu / Yehoash -- Equality of the sexes / Avrom Reyzen -- Unchanged / Yente Serdatsky -- White chalah / Lamed Shapiro -- Poets ; Home from praying ; The first cigarette / Joseph Rolnik -- from God of vengeance. Act one / Sholem Asch -- from The chosen people. Chapter VI : the brotherhood of man / Sidney L. Nyburg -- The lie / Mary Antin -- from Democracy versus the melting-pot. Part two / Horace M. Kallen -- Hush ; I am-- They-- ; A plum ; Strangers ; Odors ; To the Gentile poet ; Inscribed on a tombstone / Mani Leyb -- from Kentucky. Blue grass ; Litvaks ; Again Litvaks / I.J. Schwartz -- The man who slept through the end of the world / Moyshe Nadir -- Children of loneliness / Anzia Yezierska -- Memento mori / translated by K. Hellerstein, B. Harshav ; Memento mori / translated by John Hollander ; Memento mori (Yiddish and transliteration) ; in the golden land ; Isaac Leybush Peretz ; Zlochov, my home ; My only son / Moyshe-Leyb Halpern -- Brothers / Joseph Opatoshu -- I am drowning ; You plowed my fertile soil ; My mother ; The circus lady ; Adam ; You didn't sow a child in me-- ; I have not yet seen you ; Sonya's room / Celia Dropkin -- I was once a boy / translated by Kathryn Hellerstein ; I was once a boy (Yiddish and transliteration) ; Mother Earth ; Forgotten gods ; My ancestors speak ; A city by the sea ; Dear monsters ; Epitaph / Anna Margolin -- from Fanny herself. Chapter three / Edna Ferber -- Clouds behind the forest ; Sanatorium ; How did he get here? (Spinoza cycle, no. 2) ; Song of the yellow patch ; To America ; Sacrifice / H. Leyvik -- The shorn head ; Sonnet ; A winter echo ; Dusks / Fradl Shtok -- The Yankee Talmud. from The tractate "America" / Gershon Rosenzweig ; from The tractate "The ways of the new land" / Abraham Kotlier -- A bintl briv (A bundle of letters). From a "Greenhorn" ; Anti-Semitism on the job ; To study or to work? ; Sexual harassment in the workplace ; Socialist freethinking and Jewish tradition ; White slavery ; From a union scab ; Staying in school ; Fighting for the Kaiser ; Returning to Russia ; From a rape victim.
Jewish humor. We were brothers before you were / Groucho Marx -- The scrolls / Woody Allen -- A scattering of contemporary and perennial Jewish jokes.
From margin to mainstream in difficult times, 1924-1945. from The making of Americans : being a history of a family's progress. from Chapter V : the Dehnings and the Herslands / Gertrude Stein -- from Up stream : an American chronicle. from Chapter V : the American discovers exile / Ludwig Lewisohn -- Fabius Lind's days ; Shlomo Molkho sings on the eve of his burning ; The God of Israel ; New York / A. Leyeles (Aaron Glanz) -- from Jews without money. Fifty cents a night / Michael Gold -- Building boom ; Russia : anno 1905 ; from A short history of Israel, notes and glosses. XI ; Te deum ; from Early history of a writer. 15 ; The invitation read : not to mourn / Charles Reznikoff -- 1919 ; Autobiography ; We the wordproletariat ; Good night, world ; Without Jews ; Resistance in the ghetto ; The joy of the Yiddish word / Jacob Glatstein (Yankev Glatshteyn) -- from The confessions of Edward Dahlberg. from Chapter IX : and so-- my mother-- / Edward Dahlberg -- Dirge ; Beware ; Afternoon of a pawnbroker / Kenneth Fearing -- from A cool million. International Jewish bankers and Bolsheviks / Nathanael West -- Waiting for Santy : a Christmas playlet ; Nathanael West : a portrait / S.J. Perelman -- from Poem beginning "the". Fifth movement : autobiography ; from A-8. Arrived mostly with bedding in a sheet ; from A-12. In Hebrew "in the beginning" / Louis Zukofsky -- Earth ; On the docks ; Lynching / Berish Vaynshteyn (Berish Weinstein) -- from Call it sleep. from Book I : the cellar / Henry Roth -- Missis Flinders / Tess Slesinger -- Father and son ; Foreign affairs ; Quinnapoxet / Stanley Kunitz -- from The old bunch. What's in a name ; from Comparative religions / Meyer Levin -- Awake and sing! / Clifford Odets -- from The education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N. Mr. K*A*P*L*A*N and Shakespeare / Leo Rosten -- A Hollywood diary / Daniel Fuchs -- Epitaph ; Elegia / Edwin Rolfe -- The rabbi's daughter / Hortense Calisher -- A memorial synagogue / Paul Goodman -- Sigmund Freud at the age of eighty-two ; Of immigration ; New York in a Jewish mood / J.L. Teller -- Boy with his hair cut short ; More of a corpse than a woman ; Paper anniversary ; from Letter to the front. 7 : to be a Jew in the twentieth century / Muriel Rukeyser -- In dreams begin responsibilities ; The ballet of the fifth year ; The heavy bear who goes with me ; Summer knowledge / Delmore Schwartz -- The lament of Madame Rechevsky / Irwin Shaw -- My grandmother ; Lord, I have seen too much ; Sunday : New Guinea ; Israel ; The alphabet / Karl Shapiro -- Monte Sant' Angelo / Arthur Miller -- The situation of the Jewish writer / Isaac Rosenfeld.
Achievement and ambivalence, 1945-1973. from In the grip of cross-currents. from Part IV. Chapter VIII : the urge to write ; Chapter IX : meeting Dolitzky ; Chapter X : the Hebrew writer in person / Ephraim E. Lisitzky -- from In the grip of cross-currents. from Part VI. Chapter IV : the Hebrew teacher ; Chapter V : a teacher's mission / Ephraim E. Lisitzky -- With teeth in the earth ; Water without sound ; Thunder my brother ; Sweet father ; Forgotten ; In spite / Malka Heifetz Tussman -- Alphabet letters ; Letters from the ghetto ; God of mercy ; The lost shabes / Kadya Molodowsky -- Meditation : after Solomon Ibn Gabirol ; Meditation : after Moses Ibn Ezra ; Song : after Jehudah Halevi ; Israel ; Services / Carl Rakosi -- Gimpel the fool ; The séance / Isaac Bashevis Singer -- from The liberal imagination. from Freud and literature ; from Isaac Babel / Lionel Trilling -- Psalm ; Exodus ; Disasters ; If it all went up in smoke / George Oppen -- My quarrel with Hersh Rasseyner / Chaim Grade -- "La Tia Estambolía" / Emma Adatto Schlesinger -- I am not in New York ; Van Gogh : Williamsburg ; Moving ; The eternal present / Gabriel Preil -- from Bronx primitive : portraits of a childhood. 5 : the movies and other schools / Kate Simon -- Tell me a riddle / Tillie Olsen -- Autumn leaves ; Europe and America ; God said ; In limbo ; The bagel / David Ignatow -- The last Mohican ; The magic barrel / Bernard Malamud -- Something to remember me by / Saul Bellow -- from A walker in the city. The kitchen / Alfred Kazin -- Sholom Aleichem : voice of our past / Irving Howe -- Lot's wife ; A song of degrees ; Nicodemus / Howard Nemerov -- The loudest voice ; A conversation with my father ; In this country, but in another language, my aunt refuses to marry the men everyone wants her to / Grace Paley -- The room ; The book of Yolek / Anthony Hecht -- His wife ; Bunk beds ; Stones / Shirley Kaufman -- Illustrious ancestors ; The Jacob's ladder ; Candles in Babylon / Denise Levertov -- Responses & reactions ; Responses & reactions V / Norman Mailer -- A story about chicken soup ; Dvonya / Louis Simpson -- Lucky life ; Sixteen minutes / Gerald Stern -- Footnote to howl ; from Kaddish. II ; from Hymmnn. IV : o mother ; V : caw caw caw / Allen Ginsberg -- The pripet marshes ; Psalm / Irving Feldman -- Zaydee ; On a drawing by Flavio ; Sources ; The sweetness of Bobby Hefka / Philip Levine -- Envy; or, Yiddish in America ; The shawl / Cynthia Ozick -- from Night. Chapter 3 : arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau ; Chapter 9 : liberation / Elie Wiesel -- Why I write / Elie Wiesel -- The Ninth of Ab ; Adam's task ; The Ziz / John Hollander -- Eli, the fanatic ; from The ghost writer. Femme fatale / Philip Roth.
The golden age of the Broadway song. from Show boat. Ol' Man River / Oscar Hammerstein II -- God bless America / Irving Berlin -- from Pal Joey. Bewitched / Lorenz Hart -- from Guys and dolls. Adelaide's lament / Frank Loesser -- from West Side story. America / Stephen Sondheim -- from Fiddler on the roof. If I were a rich man / Sheldon Harnick.
Wandering and return : literature since 1973. from My name is Asher Lev / Chaim Potok -- Trying to talk with a man ; Yom Kippur 1984 ; from Sources. VII ; from Eastern war time. 10 / Adrienne Rich -- from A weave of women. Chapter 1 : the birth / E.M. Broner -- When you're excused, you're excused / Bruce Jay Friedman -- from The book of J. Introduction / Harold Bloom -- Heist / E.L. Doctorow -- Dibbukim (Dibbiks) ; Cokboy. Part one / Jerome Rothenberg -- Poland of death (IV) / Allen Grossman -- The lost girl / Tova Reich -- Maggid ; The ram's horn sounding / Marge Piercy -- Memory candle / Mark Mirsky -- The night game ; Visions of Daniel ; Avenue / Robert Pinsky -- The eighth day / Max Apple -- Bashert. These words are dedicated to those who died ; These words are dedicated to those who survived / Irena Klepfisz -- Fradel Schtok / Irena Klepfisz -- Lazar Malkin enters heaven / Steve Stern -- from MAUS II, a survivor's tale : and here my troubles began / Art Spiegelman -- from Sentences my father used. Casts across otherwise unavailable fields / Charles Bernstein -- The village idiot ; Idea of the holy ; Oscar Ginsburg / Edward Hirsch -- from Survivors and pieces of glass / Miriam Israel Moses -- The library of Moloch / Melvin Jules Bukiet -- Ponar ; Brief encounter with a hero, name unknown ; Ch'vil schreibn a poem auf Yiddish / Jacqueline Osherow -- The four questions / Allegra Goodman.
Jews translating Jews. Longing for Jerusalem (Hebrew and translation) / Judah Halevi, translated by Emma Lazarus -- I know not what spell is o'er me / Heinrich Heine, translated by Emma Lazarus -- My heart in the East / Judah Halevi, translated by Charles Reznikoff -- Your manuscript shines / Samuel Hanagid, translated by Peter Cole -- Hagar and Ishmael / Else Lasker-Schüler, translated by Joachim Neugroschel -- The seventh eclogue ; Postcard : 4 / Mikló́s Radnóti, translated by Stephen Berg, S.J. Marks -- A load of shoes / Avraham Sutzkever, translated by C.K. Williams -- Isaac / Amir Gilboa, translated by Shirley Kaufman -- #28 My little sister / Abba Kovner, translated by Shirley Kaufman -- Shema / Primo Levi, translated by Ruth Feldman -- Deathfugue ; Psalm / Paul Celan, translated by John Felstiner -- Jews in the land of Israel / Yehuda Amichai, translated by Chana Bloch -- Deep calleth unto deep / Dahlia Ravikovitch, translated by Chana Bloch -- The Jews in hell / Isaac Goldemberg, translated by David Unger.
|Summary, etc.:||Selections cover three centuries of Jewish contributing voices to American letters, including those of Arthur Miller, Tillie Olsen, Bernard Malamud, Allen Ginsberg, Cynthia Ozick, and Philip Roth. Includes writing in all genres--fiction, poetry, drama, essays, letters, editorials, journals, autobiography, cartoons, song lyrics, and jokes.|
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