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Fiction

Irene Nemirovsky

The story of Irene Nemirovsky’s life is as complex, captivating and heartbreaking as any of her numerous novels, yet this story would have remained hidden from history if not for a controversial and unprecedented panel decision that rocked the French literary establishment in November 2004.

Mary Moss

Educated in private schools, Mary Moss began publishing in 1900, writing for the Philadelphia Times and the Philadelphia Press. She covered the Yiddish theater and wrote about subjects such as child care facilities, the lives of insane women, immigrant life, and women who worked in cranberry bogs in New Jersey.

Robin Morgan

In a lifetime of battle for women’s dignity and global change, Robin Morgan uses words as ammunition. As poet, novelist, journalist, lecturer and feminist theorist, she expresses the reality of contemporary women’s oppression.

Elsa Morante

Elsa Morante was born in Rome on August 18, 1912, to Irma Poggibonsi from Emilia (near Modena), and a Sicilian father, Francesco Lo Monaco. In 1930 she began writing for the children’s journals Il Corriere dei Piccoli and I diritti della scuola, publishing her novelQualcuno bussa alla porta in installments in the latter in 1935.

Marga Minco

The outstanding features of the writings of Dutch author Marga Minco, who lives and works in Amsterdam, are an economical use of words and an all out effort to convey the experiences of the Holocaust.

Sarah Gertrude Millin

For more than thirty years Sarah Gertrude Millin was South Africa’s leading literary figure. In a prolific writing career that began in 1919 with the publication of her first novel, The Dark River, she produced sixteen more novels, two major biographies, two autobiographies, six war diaries, a volume of short stories, a collection of essays and a sociological account of South Africa.

Miriam Michelson

Miriam Michelson began her writing career as a journalist, “interviewing a murderer one week and Paderewski the next” and “writing dramatic criticism of a very fearless and truth-telling sort,” according to a 1904 biographical note in Current Literature.

Medieval Hebrew Literature: Portrayal of Women

Stereotypes of women, “good” and “bad,” inhabit the width and length of the medieval Hebrew canon (Dishon 1986, 3–15; Dishon 1994, 35–50; Navas 1994, 9–16; Huss 2002). The love poetry cultivated during the Golden Age in Muslim Spain (950–1150) seems to glorify and idealize women.

Ida Maze

A “communitarian-proletarian” Yiddish writer whose generosity, both material and emotional, turned her Montreal home into a magnet for Yiddish writers and a focus of Yiddish culture, Ida Maze (sometimes rendered as Maza or Massey) was born on July 9, 1893 in the village of Ugli, near Kapulye, south of Minsk in Belarus.

Maskilot, Nineteenth Century

In referring to Jewish women proponents of the Haskalah (Enlightenment) who wished to take part in the cultural and social revolution that the Haskalah movement preached, the Hebrew term maskilot refers not only to their ideology but also to their language: these were women who wrote in Hebrew.

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