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Lecture

David Herman
The Great Jewish-American Writers of the 1930s: Mike Gold, Henry Roth, Delmore Schwartz and Nathanael West

Thursday 28.12.2023

Summary

During the 1930s a new generation of Jewish-American writers exploded on the scene, writing about the experience of immigration. These included Mike Gold (‘Jews Without Money’), Henry Roth (‘Call It Sleep’), Delmore Schwartz (‘In Dreams Begin Responsibilities’) and Nathanael West (‘The Day of the Locust’). Despite being underrated in their lifetimes, and with the exception of West, these writers have been rediscovered over the past half century. In this talk, David Herman argues that they were all significant writers who deserve greater appreciation.

David Herman

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David Herman is a freelance writer based in London. Over the past 20 years he has written almost a thousand articles, essays, and reviews on Jewish history and literature for publications including the Jewish Chronicle, the Jewish Quarterly, Jewish Renaissance, the Guardian, the New Statesman, and Prospect. He has taught courses on Jewish culture for the London Jewish Cultural Centre and JW3. He is a regular contributor to Jewish Book Week, the Association of Jewish Refugees, and the Insiders/Outsiders Festival on the contribution of Jewish refugees to British culture.