Elisa New is the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard.

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


Hungry Hearts, Anzia Yezierska (1920)

The Lower East Side’s young women on the make


Exodus, Leon Uris (1958)

Ari Ben Canaan, Tanned Jewish Superman


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

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