Elisa New is the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard.
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My Favorite Anti-Semite: Frank Norris and the Most Horrifying Jew in American Literature

The progressive-era novelist’s greedy, red-haired, Polish Jew, Zerkow, is the 20th century’s greatest golem

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Hungry Hearts, Anzia Yezierska (1920)

The Lower East Side’s young women on the make

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Exodus, Leon Uris (1958)

Ari Ben Canaan, Tanned Jewish Superman

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Last Acts: The Swan Songs of Harold Bloom and Philip Roth

In the final phase of his literary life, Harold Bloom, like Philip Roth, refuses to relinquish his vitality