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20th century writers


In Search of Persecuted Writer Isaac Babel’s Legacy

By On October 25, 2016

Of Isaac Babel, the Russian-Jewish writer who put the seaside city of Odessa on the map, we have only a sliver. Arrested by Stalin’s secret service in 1939, he was executed in secret… Read More

The Soviet Jewish Writer Whose Novel Was Banned for 200 Years

The Soviet Jewish Writer Whose Masterpiece Was Banned for 200 Years

By On February 3, 2016

In 1959, Soviet Jewish writer Vasily Grossman finished his magnum opus, the novel Life and Fate, an account of the Battle of Stalingrad during the Nazi invasion of the USSR and, simply,… Read More

Shel Silverstein and the Playboy Mansion

When Shel Silverstein Was a Playboy Mansion Regular

By On November 29, 2015

Some people get their inspiration from singing in the shower or running cross-country. Others – like author Shel Silverstein – get them from the Playboy Mansion. Yes, Shel Silverstein. The same guy… Read More

Was John Steinbeck Jewish?

Was John Steinbeck Jewish?

By On September 16, 2015

Was John Steinbeck Jewish? On the one hand, it isn’t totally out of the question—his last name begins with Stein, after all. But back in 1940 when anti-Semitic rumors claimed that the… Read More

"You Killed My Jew, Now I've Killed Yours": The Murder of Bruno Schulz

“You Killed My Jew, Now I’ve Killed Yours”: The Murder of Bruno Schulz

By On August 24, 2015

Bruno Schulz wasn’t just one of the 20th century’s greatest Polish-language literary stylists—fans know him well for his beautiful and surreal story collection The Street of Crocodiles—he was also a talented fine… Read More


A Whole New Metamorphosis

By On August 18, 2011

Franz Kafka was one of the greatest–and darkest–writers of the twentieth century. His most famous story, The Metamorphosis, follows a young salesman named Gregor Samsa who awakens one morning to find he’s turned into… Read More