The Man with the $50,000 Beard

How a cantor became an American music legend

Fall From Grace

In 1843, British novelist Grace Aguilar was a household name on both sides of the Atlantic. So how come we’ve never heard of her?

What I Am Going to Write This Summer

Time has arrived to rock the world of fiction

On Literary Love

What happens when the writer you admire most becomes your friend?

Camoin Among the Savages

Amid the clang of a Vegas casino, I found a literary hero

Possessed

A century ago, S. Ansky breathed new life into a shtetl folktale. His play, The Dybbuk, still captures creative minds.

Immediate Identification

Finding things in common with a boy from old L

Firmly in the Fold

S. Yizhar harangued and criticized the country he loved

Land of the Lost

Michael Chabon’s new novel depicts a frozen homeland where beat cops speak Yiddish, snack on blintzes, and chase Hasidic gangsters

Grave Digger

Nathan Englander unearths stories that many in Argentina would just as soon forget

So Big

Human awkwardness was at the heart of Edna Ferber’s popular novels, but she shied away from writing about the outsiders she knew best

A Dreamer of the Golden Dream

Melanie Rehak traces Peter Cole’s controversial poetry and politics to a Holiday Inn in Providence

Asch’s Passion

A popular Yiddish novelist strove for immortality by taking on Jesus, but it cost him his core audience and made him a marked man

Crossover Stars

The flamboyant pioneers of New York’s Yiddish theater crossed continents, genders, and coasts

This Old House

Shmuel Hasfari’s long-running The Master of the House is a smash hit in Tel Aviv. Can it make it in the O.C.?

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