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List of Jewish American authors

This is a list of famous Jewish American authors. See separate lists for playwrights and poets. For other famous Jewish Americans, see Lists of American Jews, Jewish Writers

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Kathy Acker, writer
Forrest J. Ackerman, science fiction author & fan
Karen Ackerman, children's author
Nelson Algren, novelist (son of convert)
Jonathan Ames, novelist, essayist, pervert
Mary Antin, novelist
Bettina Aptheker, lesbian activist, author, and educator[1]
Hannah Arendt, writer
Sholem Asch, Yiddish writer
Isaac Asimov, science fiction author (atheist)
Shalom Auslander, novelist
Emily Barton, novelist
Peter S. Beagle, novelist
Saul Bellow, writer, Nobel Prize (1976)
Aimee Bender novelist and short story writer, known for her often fantastic and surreal plots and characters[1]
Steve Berman, gay dark fantasy author
Robert Bloch, science fiction author
Lawrence Block, crime novelist
Rob Bloom, comedy writer
Judy Blume, children's author
Maxwell Bodenheim, poet and novelist
Jane Bowles, writer & playwright
David Brin, science fiction author
Harold Brodkey, short story writer
Geraldine Brooks, author
Max Brooks, comedic author
Abraham Cahan, author
Hortense Calisher, novelist
Lisa Crystal Carver, sex columnist
Michael Chabon, novelist
Harlan Coben, mystery writer
Joshua Cohen, novelist
Bernard Cooper (1951) novelist, short story writer[2]
Norman Cousins, prominent political journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate.
Larry David, writer, actor, producer
Martin A. David, writer, actor, director
Peter David, author, columnist and comic book writer
Barbara Delinsky, writer
Anita Diamant, writer
E. L. Doctorow, writer
Stephen Dubner, writer, journalist, educator
Bob Dylan, singer-songwriter, memoirist.

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Joel Eisenberg, author, ghostwriter, screenwriter
Judah David Eisenstein, encyclopedist, Hebrew author
Harlan Ellison, 'speculative fiction' writer
Richard Ellmann, literary scholar and biographer
Howard Fast, novelist
Raymond Federman, postmodernist writer
Craig Fenton, music author
Harvey Fierstein, playwright
Barthold Fles, literary agent and author
Jonathan Safran Foer, writer
Paula Fox, novelist
Betty Friedan, writer
Kinky Friedman, novelist and singer
Sonia Pressman Fuentes, co-founder N.O.W and memoirist
Alan Furst, novelist
Allen Ginsberg, poet
Jeffrey Goldberg, journalist
Myla Goldberg, author
Natalie Goldberg, author
Tod Goldberg, journalist
Shari Goldhagen, novelist
William Goldman, novelist and screenwriter
Yosef Goldman, author
Allegra Goodman, novelist
Paul Goodman, author
Noah Gordon, author
Paul Gottfried, author
Dan Greenburg, author
Ben Greenman, author
Joe Haldeman, author
Daniel Handler, writer
Helene Hanff, writer
Sam Harris, author
Michael H. Hart, author
Ben Hecht, playwright and screenwriter
Joseph Heller, novelist
Michael Heller, poet and memoirist
Mark Helprin, novelist
Richard Herrnstein, author and psychologist
Laura Z. Hobson, novelist
Joseph Jacobs, folklorist
Rona Jaffe, novelist
Erica Jong, author
Judith Katz-Schwartz, author, educator, humorist
Mollie Katzen, chef and cookbook author
Bel Kaufman, author
Margo Kaufman, humor author
Faye Kellerman, novelist; spouse of Jonathan Kellerman
Jesse Kellerman, novelist; son of the Kellermans
Jonathan Kellerman, novelist; spouse of Faye Kellerman
Henry Klinger, novelist
Zvi Kolitz, author of the Holocaust-related Yosl Rakover Talks to God
Cyril M. Kornbluth, science fiction writer
Jerzy Kosinski, writer
Jonathan Kozol, writer and educator
Siegfried Kracauer, writer and critic
Edward E. Kramer, writer and editor
Judith Krantz, romance writer
James Howard Kunstler, novelist
Tony Kushner, playwright

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Fran Lebowitz, author, known for her sardonic social commentary on American life through her New York sensibilities[3]
Wendy Lesser, arts critic, novelist, editor (atheist)
Julius Lester, writer
Jonathan Lethem, novelist
Oscar Levant, author, composer, pianist
Ira Levin, author
Michael Levin, author
Paul Levinson, science fiction author, non-fiction author, op-ed writer, songwriter
Barry Levy, screenwriter
Anthony Lewis, former op-ed columnist, the New York Times, and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer
Laura Lippman, crime novelist
Seymour Martin Lipset, political sociologist [4]
Steve Litt, main author of Samba Unleashed, owner of Troubleshooters.com
HP Lovecraft, author of Call of Cthulhu, The Necronomicon, and other weird tales
Sari Locker, author, advice columnist and sex educator
Mina Loy, poet
Norman Mailer, writer
Bernard Malamud, writer
David Mamet, playwright
Seth Margolis, novelist (Jewish father)
John Markoff, writer and journalist
Kati Marton, writer and journalist
James McBride, author
Daniel Mendelsohn, writer
Arthur Miller, playwright
Walter Mosley, murder-mystery novelist
Clifford Odets, playwright
Tillie Olsen, author
Peter Orner, author
Cynthia Ozick, novelist
Abraham Pais, historian of science
Grace Paley, short story writer & poet
Sara Paretsky, mystery writer
Dorothy Parker, writer, poet & wit (Jewish father)
S. J. Perelman, humorist
Jodi Picoult, novelist[5]
Marge Piercy, novelist, poet
Rachel Pollack, science-fiction author
Virginia Postrel , author & columnist
Chaim Potok, novelist
Ayn Rand, writer
Abraham Regelson, poet, author and translator
H.A. & Margret Rey, children's writers
Alexandra Robbins, author
Harold Robbins, author
Steven V. Roberts, journalist, writer, and commentator
J.I. Rodale, author, publisher, health promoter
Henry Roth, writer
Philip Roth, novelist
Murray Rothbard, essayist, economist and social commentator

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Louis Sachar, children's writer
J. D. Salinger, author (Jewish father)
Budd Schulberg, novelist & screenwriter
Maurice Sendak, children's author
Irwin Shaw, novelist
Art Shay, author and photographer
Sidney Sheldon, novelist & screenwriter
Al Sherman, autobiographer, songwriter
Richard M. Sherman, autobiographer, songwriter & screenwriter
Robert B. Sherman, author, journalist, autobiographer, songwriter & screenwriter
Gary Shteyngart (1972 ) Russian-born writer[6]
Robert Silverberg, science fiction author
Jack M Silverstein, columnist and commentator
Shel Silverstein, children's writer, poet & musician
Neil Simon, playwright
Kate Simon, memoirist
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yiddish writer, Nobel Prize (1978)
Susan Sontag, essayist & novelist
Danielle Steele, romance novelist (Jewish father)
Gertrude Stein, writer, poet & playwright
Joel Stein, columnist
Gloria Steinem, journalist, editor, writer
George Steiner (1929) literary critic[6]
Daniel Stern, novelist and short story writer
Jacqueline Susann, novelist
Jeff Tamarkin, music author
Sydney Taylor, children's author
Studs Terkel, author & oral historian
Alice B. Toklas, literary figure
Scott Turow, mystery writer
Harry Turtledove, science fiction writer
Leopold Tyrmand, writer [7]
Leon Uris, novelist
Chris Van Allsburg, children's writer (converted)
Judith Viorst (1932) author, known for her children's literature[7]
Ayelet Waldman, mystery writer, novelist
Rebecca Walker (1969) activist and writer[8]
Irving Wallace, novelist
Wendy Wasserstein (19502006) playwright and an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University, also the recipient of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama[9]
Nathanael West, writer
Elie Wiesel, writer & Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize (1986) (naturalized citizen)
Marianne Williamson, author (self-help, spiritual) & lecturer
Naomi Wolf , feminist, author & social critic
Herman Wouk, novelist, writer
Elizabeth Wurtzel, author
Anzia Yezierska, author
Boris Zubry, author (fiction and political satire), inventor, educator

Literary critics

M. H. Abrams
Harold Bloom
Stephen Greenblatt
Neil Leon Rudenstine
Elaine Showalter
Lionel Trilling

See also

Literature Portal
Jewish American literature
List of Jewish American poets
List of Jewish American playwrights
List of Jewish American journalists
Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
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