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The Best Jewish Authors

Updated September 18, 2019 6.7k votes 649 voters 19.3k views64 items

List RulesJewish authors and writers. Vote up the best authors who are Jewish.

Some of history’s most influential and beloved novels and other writings were written by Jewish authors. Who wasn’t impacted by The Diary of a Young Girl, Amadeus, The Pianist, The Giving Tree, Where the Wild Things Are, The Chosen, or The Crucible? Who are the best Jewish authors? Vote up the best authors below to see how they rank.
 
The Jewish authors on this list have written some of the most beloved works of all time, telling stories we love to read to our children, stories that make us grateful for the ones we love, and stories that compel us to see the world through more compassionate eyes and motivate us to be the best versions of ourselves. Some of their stories are simply engaging and fun to read as well.
 
This list has been ranked by the community and features the best Jewish authors of all time including, Anne Frank, Franz Kafka, Karl Marx, Joseph Heller, Arthur Miller, Shel Silverstein, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Michael Chabon, and Tom Stoppard. Vote up the best Jewish writers below and see where the authors you think are the best rank.
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    Emma Goldman

    My Disillusionment in Russia, Living My Life
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    Tony Kushner

    A Meditation from Angels in America, Thinking about the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness: Essays
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    Alex Borstein

    Family Guy Presents: Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, Family Guy: It Takes a Village Idiot
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    Emma Lazarus

    Alide, The New Colossus
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    Judy Blume

    Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
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    Harry Kemelman

    Friday the Rabbi Slept Late, The Nine Mile Walk
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    Isaac Bashevis Singer

    The Magician of Lublin, A Day of Pleasure
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    Howard Jacobson

    Coming from Behind, In the Land of Oz
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    Philip Roth

    Exit Ghost, American Pastoral
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    Norman Finkelstein

    The Politics of Anti-Semitism, Beyond Chutzpah
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    Saul Bellow

    The Adventures of Augie March, Henderson the Rain King
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    Chaim Potok

    The Chosen, The Gift of Asher Lev
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    Ephraim Kishon

    The Fox in the Chicken Coop, Sallah
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    Tom Stoppard

    Empire of the Sun, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
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    Maimonides

    Commentary on the Mishna, Treatise on Poisons and Their Antidotes
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    Elie Wiesel

    Night, Dawn
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    Shel Silverstein

    Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light In the Attic
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    Michael Chabon

    Wonder Boys, Summerland
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    Alain de Botton

    Essays in Love, My Last Five Girlfriends
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    Sigmund Freud

    The Interpretation of Dreams, The Ego and the Id
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    Anita Diamant

    The Red Tent, Pitching my tent
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    Irène Némirovsky

    Fire In the Blood
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    Jacob Weisberg

    In Defense of Government: The Fall and Rise of Public Trust, In an Uncertain World
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    Yona Sabar

    My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq
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    Georges Perec

    A Man Asleep, The Man Who Sleeps
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