The Diplomat of Shoah History

Does Yale historian Timothy Snyder absolve Eastern Europe of special complicity in the Holocaust?

The Jewish Writer’s Dream Wife

Why I published Friderike Burger’s memoir of her service as femme de l’artiste to Stefan Zweig

Mystic Goddess of Brazil

Writer Clarice Lispector’s exoticism had much to do with her Jewishness; her literary vocabulary did not

Daniel Silva’s Crystal Ball

The novelist’s work regularly foreshadows actual events. In his latest book, the action finally shifts to Israel.

Cartoon Politics

New graphic novels by Harvey Pekar and Guy Delisle illustrate different takes on the Israeli-Palestinian mess

The Forgotten Confederate Jew

How history lost Judah P. Benjamin, the most prominent American Jew of the 19th century

Atomic Bombshell

New research uncovers a link between Freud’s inner circle and the Soviet atomic bomb

The Last Critic Turns 100

A birthday visit with M.H. Abrams, peer of Trilling, teacher of Bloom, and editor of the Norton Anthology

The Healing Power of Jew-Love

Gertrude Himmelfarb argues that the philosemitism of writers like George Eliot can be a cure for anti-Semitism

Why Obama Should Read Trilling

Inertia is its own moral choice, the great critic argued, a point to remember when facing the crisis in Syria

Jewish London’s Gilded Cage

In Francesca Segal’s The Innocents, the Jews of north London face the constrictions of Edith Wharton’s New York

John Updike the Jew

In his Bech books, the great novelist of American WASPdom parsed the allure and otherness of Jewish writers

Jennifer Weiner’s Shiksa Lit

Her heroines are Jewish, but the best-selling novelist is working—despite her protests—in a goyish genre

A Novel’s Unlikely Friends

From the archive: A gay man and an Orthodox rabbi find connection in Wayne Hoffman’s novel Sweet Like Sugar

Chick Lit’s Jewish Mother

Starting with 1958’s The Best of Everything, Rona Jaffe’s complicated, trashy novels make ideal beach reads

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