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    May 30, 2009


    Leora Skolkin-Smith

    I think and am sorry to say it is a serious omission to leave out Jewish writers who have had even less attention because they don't fit into the model of Yiddish-speaking immigrants. The work of Grace Paley, Lynn Sharon Schwartz and other Jewish writers who were very different and found a voice that did not fit what has become very stereotyped as belonging only to a few was real force i the 70's. It's hard for me to believe the Woody Allen and Philip Roth version of the devouring Jewish mother and the Jews who are presented as Yiddish-speaking only have gained so much recognition. Many Jews were extremely intellectual, political, and alive in ways one rarely sees anymore in fiction. Without Grace Paley, that voice would have been altogether buried.I hope readers will not miss them. A wealth of Jewish literary history would be lost.

    Just felt like I had to soeak out.

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