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The Image of the Jew in American Literature
From Early Republic to Mass Immigration, Second Edition

Louis Harap

Paper $39.95s    |    0-8156-2991-5    |   2003

Praiseworthy and complete scholarship make this the definitive work on the subject.

"In this exhaustive literary history and sociological study of the Jew's status in American society through 1917, the author intelligently analyzes the various factors shaping the 'image' ranging from the Shylock figure to more sympathetic portrayals. Harap skillfully organizes a voluminous amount of material based on chronology and genre, rather than on literary excellence."
dashLibrary Journal

"Harap appears to have examined every reference to Jews, every appearance of a Jewish character in American poetry and fiction from the days of the Puritans to the end of the 19th century. The rest is a vast compilation that extends and corrects, for the period covered, such previous publications as Solomon Liptzin's The Jew in American Literature. Harap documents thoughoughly the stereotypes that have supported anti-Semitism. He also tends to use the expressed or implicit attitudes toward the Jew as a kind of touchstone in valuing American writers . . . A valuable study and reference work."

With New Introductory essays by Ellen Schiff and Morris U. Schappes

61/8 x 91/4, 616 pages, notes, index

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