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February 21, 2017
240 P., 5 3/4 x 8 1/4
9780300200669

Hayim Nahman Bialik

by Avner Holtzman

"A careful chronology of [Bialik's] turbulent life...A clear and concise biography." -ArtsFuse

"Well-researched... " -Washington Jewish Week

“This is a remarkable story, superbly told, of an orphan, who gave generations of children something to sing about; an unrequited lover, who reclaimed Hebrew as the language of love; and of a tortured, modern poet, who returned prophecy to Israel.” -David G. Roskies, The Jewish Theological Seminary

“Avner Holtzman guides us with authority and elegance through the major points in the life of the foremost modern Hebrew poet, and provides answers to the puzzles surrounding his poetry, personality, and the immense influence he exerted on his contemporaries and future generations.” -Shachar Pinsker, author of Literary Passports: The Making of Modernism: Hebrew Fiction in Europe

“The work of a remarkable Israeli scholar whose exquisite aesthetic sensibility combines with a positivist sense of historical accuracy and detail.” -William Cutter, Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Literature, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Avner Holtzman

Sasson Tiram

Avner Holtzman is professor of Hebrew literature, Tel Aviv University, and a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He is author or editor of more than fifty books and has taught and extensively studied prominent modern Hebrew authors including Bialik, Micha Yosef Berdichevsky, and others.

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253 P.,

Allen Ginsberg

by Edward Hirsch

Edward Hirsch

Edward Hirsch, a MacArthur Fellow, has published eight books of poems, including The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems, and four prose books, among them How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry, a National Bestseller.

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Proust: The Search Preview
October 27, 2015
224 P., 5 3/4 x 8 1/4
9780300164169

Proust: The Search

by Benjamin Taylor

"Benjamin Taylor’s Proust: The Search is a marvel of brief biography, reanimating the hapless, almost Chaplinesque figure who by all logic should never have accomplished what he did. With a kind of worldly tenderness, Taylor shows Proust’s work accruing amid personal pratfalls, French anti-Semitism and the catastrophe of World War I."--Thomas Mallon, on the best book he read this year, New York Times Book Review

“Taylor’s loose, multi-clausal sentences are as bendy as the master’s, and there is the same shimmery quality to the prose, like sunlight glancing off a shallow Normandy sea.”—Kathryn Hughes, Guardian

“Deeply researched, and immensely well considered, Benjamin Taylor’s own search is an outstanding addition to Proust studies.”—Robert McCrum, The Observer

“This engaging book, invitingly elegant to handle with it’s beautiful deckle-edged pages, should encourage those who have quailed at the thought of Proust’s colossus to have another go.”—John Carey, Sunday Times

“Taylor’s endeavor is not to explain the life by the novel or the novel by the life but to show how different events, different emotional upheavals, fired Proust’s imagination and, albeit sometimes completely transformed, appeared in his work. The result is a very subtle, thought-provoking book.”—Anka Muhlstein, author of Balzac’s Omelette and Monsieur Proust’s Library

“Those who found reading Proust too grand an undertaking over the years because of distractions and deficiencies of their own, might well rush to reconsider after confronting this dazzlingly elegant biography.”—Philip Roth

"A sensitive study of literature's favorite neurasthenic... Readers of Proust will be fascinated to find clues as to who his characters were in real life, and they should be moved to appreciation by Taylor's assessment of Proust's accomplishment...A densely packed and rewarding book."--Kirkus Reviews

"In this concise and elegant biography, Benjamin Taylor ably illustrates how Proust absorbed the life around him and transformed it into immortal art."-- Jewish Book Council

“Taylor expertly deconstructs where the similarities between Proust's fictional self and real-life self begin and end….A deep analysis of Proust's masterpiece and a biography of Proust the man, Taylor proves, are one and the same.”—Shelf Awareness

Benjamin Taylor

Benjamin Taylor
Joanna Eldredge Morrisey

Benjamin Taylor is a founding member of the Graduate Writing Program faculty at the New School and the author or editor of six previous books, including The Book of Getting Even and Saul Bellow: Letters.

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Marcel Proust went from dilettante to literary legend. Biographer Benjamin Taylor explains how in his conversation with Tablet's Sara Ivry
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Primo Levi: The Matter of a Life (Cover) Preview
November 26, 2013
224 P., 5.5" x 8.25"
978-0300137231

Primo Levi: The Matter of a Life

by Berel Lang

"Lang has written a wise and deeply-felt examination of the personal and philosophical conditions that made Primo Levi’s work possible."--William Giraldi, The New Republic

Lang...provides an elegant and cogent assessment of Levi as a moral thinker, writer, and witness to the Holocaust and as a commentator on Jewish identity."--Glenn Altschuler, The International Jerusalem Post

"Professor Lang, a New York professor of philosophy, has written an informative and wide-ranging guide to the life and work of a man who, like Dante before him, had been to hell and back."--Ian Thomson, London Evening Standard

"The life of celebrated essayist, novelist, poet and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi (1919–1987) [is] told in swift succinctness... A sketch of the writer, but one with crisp lines and sure-handed strokes."--Kirkus Reviews To read the full review go our site's Press Room.

"Berel Lang has given us a fresh vision of a fascinating and rather mysterious figure."--Phillip Jason, Jewish Book Council

"Berel Lang's brilliantly nuanced book is, as far as I know, the first to successfully extract a philosophically coherent world-view from Primo Levi's artistic, biographical and essayistic writing. Such an enterprise requires tact, subtlety, and sensitivity to what is implicit and latent in a writer like Levi, whose 'clarity' masks as well as manifests the complexity of his sensibility.”
--Hayden White, University of California.

“Lang develops a strikingly original approach to an old problem, the relation of thought and feeling to experience. PRIMO LEVI says much that is new, and compelling, in an area where it was hard to imagine there was anything new to be said.”—Howard Needler

Berel Lang

Marion Ettlinger

Berel Lang is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the State University of New York, Albany.

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Jewish Lives Biography / Book on Franz Kafka/Writer Preview
April 1, 2013
224 P., 5.5" x 8.25"

Franz Kafka: The Poet of Shame and Guilt

by Saul Friedlander

"One turns with relief to the immensely readable Saul Friedländer, whose short biographical essay on Kafka appears in the excellent Jewish Lives series from Yale University Press. . . . Friedländer’s style is elegant and lucid, his knowledge of Kafka’s oeuvre and social world superb, his command of the critical literature impeccable. . . . Could very well serve as the new classic short introduction to modernism’s most elusive writer."--Weekly Standard

"[Friedlander] has clearly mastered the vast scholarship that has attached itself to Kafka, and he brings fresh insights of his own to the challenging body of work Kafka left behind."--Jonathan Kirsch, Jewish Journal

“The Pulitzer-winning Holocaust historian Saul Friedländer reassesses [Kafka’s] letters and diaries, emphasizing ‘the personal anguish’ that informed Kafka’s singular canon. Friedländer’s concise new book, born of both sorrow and affection, is an ideal place to begin among the hulking alps of Kafka studies.” --William Giraldi, The New Republic

"This stimulating book investigates some of the sources of Kafka's personal anguish and its complex reflections in his imaginary world."--Jewish Ledger

"This book is a clear, uncensorious and serious contribution to the publisher’s Jewish Lives series. It is the work of a great historian paying careful attention to a great and disquieting writer."--Robert Eaglestone, Times Higher Education Supplement

"Like Kafka’s work, Franz Kafka is dense and provocative. In his exploration of Kafka’s work, Friedländer calls on his rich knowledge of Central Europe during Kafka’s lifetime... A candid and stimulating examination of the forces that shaped Kafka’s anguished life/work."--Maron L. Waxman, Jewish Book Council

“This is a book that springs directly from the author's background and from a manifest love for—and great knowledge of—Kafka's work and his milieu. The book's main objective is to mine the question of Kafka's guilt and shame, and Friedlander is more probing, historical and impartial in examining these questions than just about any other scholar I know.”—Mark Anderson, author of Reading Kafka and Kafka’s Clothes

Saul Friedlander

Saul Friedlander

Saul Friedländer is a renowned historian of the Holocaust and in 2008 won the Pulitzer Prize for the second volume of his influential work The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939–1945. He is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of History and Club 39 Endowed Chair in Holocaust Studies at UCLA. Friedländer was born in Prague and spent his boyhood in Nazi-occupied France. He now lives in Los Angeles.

Hear an interview with author Saul Friedlander speaking about Kafka
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Learn about the status of Franz Kafka's papers today
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Lillian Hellman biography--cover Preview
January 20, 2014
224 P., 5.5" x 8.25"
9780300164978

Lillian Hellman: An Imperious Life

by Dorothy Gallagher

"Unafraid to question Hellman’s idealized memoirs, Gallagher (Hannah’s Daughters) meets the 'unflaggingly famous' dramatist head on in this pithy biography." --Publishers Weekly

"Gallagher has shown herself to be an incisive, sharp-edged, darkly humorous writer, and these qualities help engage readers in a study of Lillian Hellman...A critical appraisal of the subject’s character, career and contradictions."--Kirkus Reviews

"Gallagher …gives us an illuminating and convincing portrait of Lillian Hellman, the real one and the heroically fanciful one." --Steve Suskin, Playbill

Dorothy Gallagher

Dorothy Gallagher is the author of Hannah’s Daughters, All the Right Enemies, and the memoirs How I Came Into My Inheritance and Strangers in the House.

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