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The Cross and Other Jewish Stories
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The Cross and Other Jewish Stories

Lamed Shapiro and Leah Garrett

Abstract

Lamed Shapiro (1878–1948) was the author of groundbreaking and controversial short stories, novellas, and essays. Himself a tragic figure, Shapiro led a life marked by frequent ocean crossing, alcoholism, and failed ventures, yet his writings are models of precision, psychological insight, and daring. Shapiro focuses intently on the nature of violence: the mob violence of pogroms committed against Jews; the traumatic after-effects of rape, murder, and powerlessness; and, the murderous event that transforms the innocent child into witness and the rabbi's son into agitator. Within a society on t ... More

Keywords: Lamed Shapiro, short stories, novellas, essays, violence, Jews, shtetl, East Broadway, Bronx, Union Square

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780300110692
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300110692.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lamed Shapiro, author

Leah Garrett, editor

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Contents

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Introduction

Leah Garrett

Pogrom Tales

The Cross

Lamed Shapiro

Pour Out Thy Wrath

Lamed Shapiro

In the Dead Town

Lamed Shapiro

The Kiss

Lamed Shapiro

White Challah

Lamed Shapiro

The Jewish Regime

Lamed Shapiro

The Old World

Smoke

Lamed Shapiro

Tiger

Lamed Shapiro

Eating Days

Lamed Shapiro

The Man and His Servant

Lamed Shapiro

Between the Fields

Lamed Shapiro

Myrtle

Lamed Shapiro

The New World

At Sea

Lamed Shapiro

The Chair

Lamed Shapiro

New Yorkish

Lamed Shapiro