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What makes a great Jewish book? In fact, what makes a book "Jewish" in the first place? Ruth R. Wisse eloquently fields these questions in "The Modern Jewish Canon", her compassionate, insightful guide to the finest Jewish literature of the 20th century. From Isaac Babel to Isaac Bashevis Singer, Elie Wiesel to Cynthia Ozick, Wisse's "The Modern Jewish Canon" is a book that every student of Jewish literature, and every reader of great fiction, should enjoy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226903187
ISBN-10: 0226903184
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 180mm x 22mm)
Pages: 396
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 2-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ruth R. Wisse

Ruth R. Wisse is the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University. Born in Romania and raised in Montreal, she was the first professor of Yiddish Literature in North America (at McGill University, where she helped to found the Jewish Studies Department in the late 1960s). She has written or edited eight previous books on Jewish literature and culture, including "The Schlemiel as Modern Hero," published by the University of Chicago Press, and "If I Am Not for Myself: The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews."

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