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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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Maimonides is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Commentary on the Mishna, Treatise on Poisons and Their Antidotes
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Leon Uris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Exodus, Mila 18, QB VII
3
Neil Simon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Good Doctor, Biloxi Blues, Lost in Yonkers
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Arthur Miller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Crucible, The Misfits, Death of a Salesman
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Joseph Heller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Catch-22, Something Happened
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Franz Kafka is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle
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Maurice Sendak is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There
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Sholem Aleichem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
MoonshadowRachel added Fiddler on the Roof, Wandering Stars, Hunakkah Lights
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Gloria Steinem is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
MoonshadowRachel added Wonder Woman : Featuring over Five Decades of Great Covers, Outrageous acts and everyday rebellions, Revolution from within
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Margot Adler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
MoonshadowRachel added Heretic's Heart: A Journey through Spirit and Revolution, Drawing Down the Moon
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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
MoonshadowRachel added Beautiful Losers, I Am a Hotel, Jeux de dames
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Bernard Malamud is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Natural, The Fixer
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Saul Bellow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Adventures of Augie March, Henderson the Rain King, Herzog
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Shel Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light In the Attic, The Giving Tree
15
Marcel Proust is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
In Search of Lost Time, The Prisoner, The Fugitive
16
Isaac Bashevis Singer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Magician of Lublin, A Day of Pleasure
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Sigmund Freud is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Interpretation of Dreams, The Ego and the Id, Civilization and Its Discontents
18
Max Nordau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Mollevangsvagen added A question of honor, Degeneration
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Philip Roth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Exit Ghost, American Pastoral, The Human Stain
20
J. D. Salinger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
ZacharyHagen-Smith added J. D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey, Nine Stories
21
Mitch Albom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
MoonshadowRachel added Tuesdays with Morrie, La Dernier Lecon / Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
22
Clarice Lispector is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
LeonardoLima added The Hour of the Star, The Passion According to G.H., Un apprentissage
23
Osip Mandelstam is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Matthias Freise added Topůrko pro kata, Voyage en Arménie, Moscow & Voronezh notebooks
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Arthur Koestler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Darkness at Noon, The Thirteenth Tribe
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Tom Stoppard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Empire of the Sun, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Shakespeare in Love