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The Jewish Writer.

Krementz, Jill.

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ISBN 10: 0805060375 / ISBN 13: 9780805060379
Published by Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1998
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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152 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition JUDAICA. The Jews have been called "The People of the Book" for their love of reading and writing. This new collection, spanning three decades, brings together in photographs and text the many and varied Jewish voices - novelists, playwrights, poets, essayists, and scholars - that have enriched twentieth-century literature. (Key Words: Judaica, Jews, Photography, Writers, Novelists, Poets, Playwrights, Jill Krementz, Essayists, Scholars, Literature, Saul Bellow, Tony Kushner, Irving Howe, Allegra Goodman, Arthur Miller, Allen Ginsberg, Lionel Trilling, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Hannah Arendt). Bookseller Inventory # 16639X2

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Title: The Jewish Writer.

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition..

Book Type: book

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The noted photojournalist draws on her archive of photographs of the most important Jewish writers of the twentieth century to present an album of ninety pictures accompanied by an assessment of their significance


Jill Krementz has made a career of photographing writers. The Jewish Writer features her portraits of 78 "people of the book," among them Saul Bellow, Hannah Arendt, Maurice Sendak, and David Mamet. Some of these portraits are contemplative; others are joyous. What distinguishes them is Krementz's ability to capture the essence of a moment that is at once exquisite and mundane, be it playwright Wendy Wasserstein rolling up her sleeves at her computer or an elfin Stanley Kunitz half-hiding in the blooms of his Provincetown garden. A mischievous Bruce Jay Friedman dashes around Southampton in a spiffy convertible; a bearded, bandana'd, and bespectacled Allen Ginsberg appears at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. (Though some of these photographs date from the early '70s, most are much more recent.) Each portrait is accompanied by a description of the author's life and work, and the relationship of each to Judaism, or, more accurately, Jewishness. The Jewish Writer is a spirited testament to the enormous and diverse contributions Jewish writers have made to our literary landscape. --Jane Steinberg

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