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Who Wants to Be a Jewish Writer?: And Other Essays

Who Wants to Be a Jewish Writer?: And Other Essays (Hardback)

By Kirsch, Adam

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From one of today's keenest critics comes a collection of essays on poetry, religion, and the connection between the two

ISBN 9780300240139
Barcode 9780300240139
Published 15 May 2019 by Yale University Press
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780300240139
ISBN-10 0300240139
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Yale University Press
Imprint Yale University Press
Publication Date 15 May 2019
International Publication Date 19 March 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Kirsch, Adam
Category Literary Studies: General
Poetry & Poets
Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Jewish studies
Number of Pages 232
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 22mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Jewish literature - History and criticism, Poetry - Political aspects, Poetry - Religious aspects
NBS Text Literary Criticism
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

In this wide-ranging collection, Adam Kirsch, one of today's finest critics, brings together essays on poetry, religion, and the intersections between them, with a particular focus on Jewish literature. He explores the question of what defines Jewish literature, the relationship between poetry and politics, and the future of literary reputation in the age of the internet. Several essays look at the way individual Jewish writers like Stefan Zweig and Isaac Deutscher, who coined the phrase the non-Jewish Jew, have dealt with politics. Kirsch also examines questions of spirituality and morality in the writings of contemporary poets, including Christian Wiman, Kay Ryan, and Seamus Heaney. Other essays examine why many American Jewish writers have resisted that categorization, inviting us to consider Is there such a thing as Jewish literature?

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review From one of our most distinguished public intellectuals and an indispensable voice on matters literary and spiritual, Adam Kirsch's collection of essays on poetry and religion shows him at his very best. -David Mikics, author of Slow Reading in a Hurried Age
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Adam Kirsch is a regular contributor to the Atlantic and the New Yorker, and the author of ten books, including The People and the Books: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature and Why Trilling Matters. He lives in New York City.

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