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Fiction

Anda Pinkerfeld Amir

Anda Pinkerfeld Amir helped shape two branches of Hebrew literature as an innovative, modernist Israeli poet and as a writer of children’s books that tackled difficult subjects like war and death.

Jane Yolen

Called the Hans Christian Anderson of America, Jane Yolen is known for weaving folklore, fantasy, historical events, and her own life into captivating stories for children and young adults.

Helen Yglesias

In her many novels, Helen Yglesias returned to the themes of her own life: women defying convention and finding the courage to start over.

Martha Wolfenstein

In her brief career, Martha Wolfenstein was hailed as “the best Jewish sketch writer in America.”

Anna Strunsky Walling

When told she was too young to be a socialist, Anna Strunsky Walling claimed that she’d been born with her passion for socialism as much as she’d been born with her talent for writing.

Sydney Taylor

Sydney Taylor’s famous and beloved All-of-a-Kind Family series of children’s books were almost left unpublished and forgotten.

Jacqueline Susann

After a breast cancer diagnosis left her determined to leave a real impact on the world, Jacqueline Susann made history as the first author to have three consecutive New York Times bestsellers, starting with her landmark 1966 novel, Valley of the Dolls.

Tess Slesinger

A novelist with a skill for balancing deep emotion with biting satire, Tess Slesinger became one of the first writers to explicitly discuss abortion in her 1932 story, “Missis Flinders.”

Jo Sinclair

An award-winning writer who hid both her lesbian and Jewish identities for years, Jo Sinclair used her personal experiences of prejudice to fuel her fiction.

Fradel Shtok

Despite the brevity of her career, Fradel Shtok showed great promise as a Yiddish writer for her attention to the little-discussed subjects of women’s sexuality and repression.

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