Adam Kirsch is a poet and critic who contributes regularly to the New Yorker, Tablet, and other publications. He is the author of ten books, including The People and the Books: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature and Why Trilling Matters.
What Does it Mean to be a Jewish Writer?
Saul Bellow said, ‘I have tried to fit my soul into the Jewish-writer category, but it does not feel comfortably accommodated there.’ To many of us, Bellow and authors such as Philip Roth are quintessentially Jewish writers. But does the concept of a Jewish writer even exist? Four of our greatest living – and ‘Jewish’ – writers discuss the notion.
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Who Wants to be a Jewish Writer?
Poet, leading literary critic and Columbia University teacher Adam Kirsch is one of our foremost experts on Jewish thought and history. His stunning new collection brings together his essays on poetry, religion, and the intersections between them, as he explores the definition of Jewish literature and the relationship between poetry and politics, asking questions such as how did Stefan Zweig and Isaac Deutscher, who coined the phrase “the non-Jewish Jew” deal with politics? Why ha...