Jews and Americans

Jews and Americans

Jews and Americans

Jews and Americans

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In Jews and Americans, Irving Malin has written a necessary, important, and timely book. Mr. Malin is the author of a study of William Faulkner, published by Stanford University Press, and in an earlier volume in Southern Illinois University Press' Crosscurrents series he dealt with the concept of New American Gothic -- a book which has been one of our better sellers. In 1963, withIrving Stark, Mr.Malin edited Breakthrough: A Treasury of Contemporary Jewish Literature, for McGraw-Hill. Some of the ideas expressed in the Introduction to that book are expanded in the present volume, which could easily be called Jews as Americans.

Here Mr. Malin not only deals, in its larger aspects, with the subject of American Jewish writers, but he also treats at length the work of seven of them. In this context he is able to present them in a new perspective. I have met five of these writers and have known about half of them fairly well. Half of five? -- but we are dealing, in spite of Mr. Malin's usual precision, with some misty border lines, and in considering these men I also think of some other Jewish writers I know. I want to say at once that I've noticed little or no difference between them and other American writers or intellectuals of various kinds. Whatever . . .

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