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Jewish American literature : a Norton anthology / [compiled and edited by] Jules Chametzky ... [et al.].

Chametzky, Jules (Added Author).

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  • ISBN: 0393048098
  • ISBN: 9780393048094
  • Physical Description: xxiv, 1221 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Norton, c2001.

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Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references (p. 1171-1206) and index.
Contents: 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.
Subject: American literature > Jewish authors.
Jews > United States > Literary collections.
Literatur.
USA.
Juden.
Littérature américaine > Auteurs juifs.
Juifs dans la littérature.
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