Authors The Best Jewish Authors  

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List Rules Jewish 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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49 17
Maimonides is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Commentary on the Mishna, Treatise on Poisons and Their Antidotes

2
58 30
Sigmund Freud is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Interpretation of Dreams, The Ego and the Id, Civilization and Its Discontents

3
51 29
Arthur Miller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Crucible, The Misfits, Death of a Salesman

4
95 66
Franz Kafka is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle

5
50 30
Isaac Bashevis Singer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Magician of Lublin, A Day of Pleasure

6
37 19
Joseph Heller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Catch-22, Something Happened

7
31 14
Neil Simon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Good Doctor, Biloxi Blues, Lost in Yonkers

8
46 27
Saul Bellow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Adventures of Augie March, Henderson the Rain King, Herzog

9
61 40
Marcel Proust is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
In Search of Lost Time, The Prisoner, The Fugitive

10
37 20
Leon Uris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Exodus, Mila 18, QB VII

11
60 40
Philip Roth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Exit Ghost, American Pastoral, The Human Stain

12
29 14
Bernard Malamud is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Natural, The Fixer

13
25 11
Arthur Koestler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Darkness at Noon, The Thirteenth Tribe

14
20 7
Clarice Lispector is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
LeonardoLima added The Hour of the Star, The Passion According to G.H., Un apprentissage

15
22 9
Max Nordau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Mollevangsvagen added A question of honor, Degeneration

16
42 27
Shel Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light In the Attic, The Giving Tree

17
15 3
Osip Mandelstam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Matthias Freise added Topůrko pro kata, Voyage en Arménie, Moscow & Voronezh notebooks

18
36 22
Chaim Potok is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Chosen, The Gift of Asher Lev

19
24 12
Tom Stoppard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Empire of the Sun, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Shakespeare in Love

20
28 17
Maurice Sendak is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There

21
22 13
Lillian Hellman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Children's Hour, Watch on the Rhine, The Chase

22
8 1
Joseph Roth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Matthias Freise added Radetzky March, Juden auf Wanderschaft, Hotel Savoy

23
8 2
J. D. Salinger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
ZacharyHagen-Smith added The Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey, Nine Stories

24
21 15
Shlomo Sand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Shlomo Sand The Invention of the Jewish People, The Invention of the Land of Israel

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25 19
Michael Chabon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Wonder Boys, Summerland, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay