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This Viennese Writer Ran from Nazis to the Brazilian Jungle

By On May 15, 2017

The Viennese Jewish writer Stefan Zweig wrote about what you might expect a friend of Freud, Herzl, and Richard Strauss to write about: psychoanalysis, Judaism, rage, guilt, and sex. Zweig, who was born… Read More


Sex + God + Jews in a Tiny Beautiful Chapbook

By On March 27, 2017

“So that I might come to be trusted, I built myself into a city.” I Wanted Just to Be Soft, Temim Fruchter‘s tiny beautiful chapbook of short lyrical stories, is about someone… Read More


Meet Vicki Baum, 19th-Century Novelist & Boxer

By On February 3, 2017

If you thought you were productive today, consider that Vicki Baum, a Jewish writer born in Vienna in 1888, wrote over 50 novels in her lifetime. Also, she was a boxer. Born… Read More

The Renowned German Jewish Woman Writer You've Never Heard Of

The Best German Jewish Woman Writer You’ve Never Heard Of

By On September 15, 2016

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, literature is still just emerging from the former East Germany. The latest is Crossing: A Love Story, a gripping novel by a Jewish… Read More

"Hamilton" Fans Have This Jewish Biographer To Thank

“Hamilton” Fans Have This Jewish Biographer To Thank

By On June 13, 2016

Before getting jealous that you have to wait till 2018 for your chance to see “Hamilton” while a fellow named Ron Chernow has seen the Tony-sweeping Broadway musical about 40 times, note… Read More


Groucho Marx’s Unlikely Friendship with a Famous Anti-Semite

By On February 18, 2016

In 1961, Groucho Marx received an unlikely piece of fan mail. The poet T.S. Eliot had written to him, requesting a photograph. Marx responded, and the two began a correspondence that lasted… 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


The NYC Savant Changing Jewish Literature

By On August 28, 2015

Joshua Cohen has all the trappings of an arch-nemesis: he’s handsome, precocious, hyper-functional, prolific. He speaks three languages. Besides his latest novel, Book of Numbers, he’s written three others, plus four collections… Read More

Discover the New England Bubbe Who Turns Out is a Literary Genius

Meet the Jewish Bubbe Who Happens to Be a Literary Genius

By On May 20, 2015

  It’s a beautiful thing when a writer gets discovered. Especially when the writer is a Jewish grandmother in her seventies who has spent a lifetime mastering the art of the short… Read More


Etgar Keret’s “Shiva Tour”

By On November 25, 2013

When Etgar Keret was in the IDF, he gave his first short story to his brother to read while they walked the dog. “It’s beautiful, really moving,” his brother responded. “Do you… Read More


Before and After the Holocaust

By On February 17, 2012

H.G. Adler (1910-1988), a writer from Prague, was a younger member of the artists’ circle that included Franz Kafka and Max Brod. In 1942, he was deported to Terezin, and later Auschwitz. Panorama, his epic first novel, was… Read More


Great Jewish Bloggers of the 1920s

By On February 9, 2012

Anzia Yezierska, the Jewish immigrant writer from Poland, is most famous for Bread Givers (1925), her tenement story of hard life on the Lower East Side. But she also harbored a lesser-known rich, snarky, and dark… Read More