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June 24, 2009


D G Myers

Under Anglo-Jewish novelists, don’t forget G[ladys] B[ronwyn] Stern. Although I have no information what happened to it in England, her family chronicle The Matriarch (1925) achieved mainstream success in the U.S., becoming the first Jewish bestseller here and the novel by which subsequent Jewish novels, especially by women, were judged—for at least the next decade.

Babette Deutsch’s Brittle Heaven, Emanie Sachs’s Red Damask, Vera Caspary’s Thicker than Water: all were favorably compared to The Matriarch as if there were no other possible precursor.

R Lapides

And Disraeli.


how much edmund carpenter is in print?

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