Jews in Literature

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755 books · 350 voters · list created May 15th, 2009 by jo (votes) .
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message 1: by Hazel (new)

Hazel Some of these may be non-fiction books.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Some of these ARE nonfiction books ...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads There are Jews in Foundation?


message 4: by jo (new)

jo maybe this list should be narrowed, yes? jews in american literature? jews in english-language literature? representations of judaism in american literature?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) I think the list description you gave ("Novels about Jews") is actually as precise as need be -- this seems more like another case of people not actually paying attention to what a list is supposed to be about. (Besides, it strikes me that something like "Jews in American/British literature" would be even more of an invitation to include nonfiction -- if nonfiction it is that you want to exclude first and foremost ...)

Suggestion: Stick with the description that's in place and just get rid of the books that clearly are nonfiction?


message 6: by jo (new)

jo wait, *i* started this list!!!!!!!! i had totally forgotten! seriously, when i wrote the comment about narrowing the target, i thought i was giving a suggestion to someone else! well, my powers concerning removal of books are zero, so i guess the list stays what it is.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) There are several librarians who have contributed to this list (and we are allowed to remove books) -- if there are any books you would like to see deleted, just say the word.


message 8: by jo (last edited Nov 29, 2010 03:17PM) (new)

jo oh, themis-athena, i don't want to have this power over people. there are non-fiction books and there are also collections of stories -- some folk tales. but if people want them there...

feel free to tidy up, though, if you want to! not on my initiative, though, i'm too wimpy for that! :) thank you for offering though!


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Your list -- your call! :)


message 10: by Mirta (new)

Mirta Trupp With Love, The Argentina Family: Memories of Tango and Kugel; Mate with Knishes

I've written this story to introduce the reader to a Jewish family of Russian descent, immigrating to the US from Argentina. Follow the sometimes comical, sometimes poignant trials and tribulations of a girl coming to terms with her Jewish heritage, her Argentine traditions and a fierce patriotism to her new country.


message 11: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Removed the Diary of Anne Frank.

Is To Kill a Mockingbird a novel about Jews? I'll admit it's been 2-3 years since I read it. If there's a Jewish character, I've definitely forgotten him or her.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I don't recall any; but it's been a while here, too.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Perhaps one of the folks who voted for it can enlighten us? (I'm drawing a blank as well, but for me it's definitely been longer than 2-3 years since I read it.)


message 14: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie What's "Charlotte's Web" doing on the list?
Was Charlotte Jewish?


message 15: by R (new)

R Keith No Leon Uris? No Michener?


message 16: by R (new)

R Keith Aharon Appelfeld?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add them. It's easy to add books to lists; at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 18: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Is that new spam atop the list? Hmmm.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Looks like it.


message 20: by Lobstergirl (last edited Nov 04, 2014 09:42PM) (new)

Lobstergirl There were Jews in Pride and Prejudice? And The Handmaid's Tale?


message 21: by BookLovingLady (last edited Feb 02, 2015 08:01AM) (new)

BookLovingLady Lobstergirl wrote: "There were Jews in Pride and Prejudice? And The Handmaid's Tale?"

Seems I'm not the only one wondering... and even if there were (I can't remember them), they must have been (very) minor characters and therefore the books won't count as "Books (fiction) about Jews". I'll remove both books.


message 22: by jo (last edited Oct 15, 2015 06:52AM) (new)

jo Many people have voted for The Catcher in the Rye, but it is definitely not a novel ABOUT jews. it's about a wasp kid in trouble.

same for House of Mirth. not about jews at all. a prominent jews character, yes, but it's not what the book is about.


message 23: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Well jo since you are the list creator, you get to decide precisely what the list parameters are. If you don't want a novel with one prominent Jewish character to be on the list, I would suggest you add that to the list description. The same thing can be said of "The Great Gatsby" which has one major Jewish character.


message 24: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I haven't read "Catcher" since junior high so my memories are limited. If there are no Jews in it, why did 17 people vote for it?


message 25: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I removed Charlotte's Web.


message 26: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I removed 7 nonfiction works but didn't go through the whole list.


message 27: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie Lobstergirl wrote: "I removed Charlotte's Web."

Thank you. Perhaps the person that added CW thought the author E.B. White was jewish? Otherwise I don't understand how it made this list :D


message 28: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Was Wilbur Jewish?


message 29: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie HAHAHA!

I really doubt it but you never know...


message 31: by jo (new)

jo Lobstergirl wrote: "I haven't read "Catcher" since junior high so my memories are limited. If there are no Jews in it, why did 17 people vote for it?"

holden talks about jews and maybe even one particular jew, but it's really not about jews. but you are right, i should make the list description clearer.


message 32: by Aurora (new)

Aurora To kill a MOckingbird is still on a list...I read it few years ago, and it DOES NOT have any Jewish characters...


message 33: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Removed TKAM.


~☆~Autumn♥♥☔ Wells Who was Jewish in Lonesome Dove? did I miss something?


message 35: by BookLovingLady (last edited Apr 26, 2018 11:27PM) (new)

BookLovingLady The description of this Listopia says 'fiction' ["Books (fiction) about Jews"] and The Diary of a Young Girl is not fictional, so I've removed it.


message 36: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Were there Jews in Angle of Repose? #95.


message 37: by Guy (new)

Guy H Neither Catcher in the Rye nor I Robot are about Jews.


message 38: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I removed both of them.


~☆~Autumn♥♥☔ Wells Guy wrote: "Neither Catcher in the Rye nor I Robot are about Jews."

I am so glad to hear this as I didn't notice any and so I sure wondered.


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