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Robert Alter

Robert Alter

The old cliché that to translate is to betray is sometimes unfair; but not in the case of modern English versions of the Hebrew Bible....

Memory Man The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov edited by Dmitri Nabokov Knopf. 659 pp. $35.00 Vladimir Nabokov wrote his first short story in 1921, when he was a twenty-two-yearold...

It has been frequently observed, by both philo-Semites and anti-Semites, that the numbers of Jews participating in the various fields of intellectual life are out...

The Merchant of Venice has inspired a certain ambivalence through much of its four-century history, and that ambivalence is sharply inscribed in the changing interpretations...

The real mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls is a consequence of the perishability of parchment and papyrus. Since the 19th century, the Middle East...

Freud’s Moses and Monotheism is surely one of the most curious last works of a major writer. He began its composition in Vienna in 1934,...

Dead End Fiedler on the Roof: Essays on Literature and Jewish Identity. by Leslie Fiedler. David R. Godine. 161 pp. $19.95. Many readers may be put off, as I...

The well-known literary critic Harold Bloom will no doubt provoke, as he clearly intends, a storm of excitement, consternation, and ire by proposing that the...

David Vital brings to this extended essay on Jewish national identity the virtues of clarity and cogent analysis that have made him a distinguished historian...

It is a revealing symptom of our cultural malaise that for two decades our academic institutions have been shaken by spasms of radical reevaluation of...

The daunting achievement of Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) poses a certain quandary for the evolution of subsequent scholarship. His studies of Jewish mysticism, from the early...

Rhyme and Reason The Direction of Poetry: An Anthology of Rhymed and Metered Verse Written in the English Language Since 1975. by Robert Richman. Houghton Mifflin. 168 pp....