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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85 39
Franz Kafka is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle

2
46 14
Maimonides is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Commentary on the Mishna, Treatise on Poisons and Their Antidotes

3
59 26
Marcel Proust is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
In Search of Lost Time, The Prisoner, The Fugitive

4
45 18
Isaac Bashevis Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Magician of Lublin, A Day of Pleasure

5
59 29
Elie Wiesel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Night, Dawn, The Oath

6
57 28
Philip Roth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Exit Ghost, American Pastoral, The Human Stain

7
41 17
Saul Bellow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Adventures of Augie March, Henderson the Rain King, Herzog

8
53 28
Sigmund Freud is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Interpretation of Dreams, The Ego and the Id, Civilization and Its Discontents

9
36 15
Joseph Heller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Catch-22, Something Happened

10
39 18
Shel Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light In the Attic, The Giving Tree

11
48 26
Arthur Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Crucible, The Misfits, Death of a Salesman

12
33 14
Leon Uris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Exodus, Mila 18, QB VII

13
34 15
Chaim Potok is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Chosen, The Gift of Asher Lev

14
7 0
Joseph Roth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Matthias Freise added Radetzky March, Juden auf Wanderschaft, Hotel Savoy

15
55 33
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Diary of a Young Girl

16
27 10
Bernard Malamud is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Natural, The Fixer

17
28 11
Neil Simon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Good Doctor, Biloxi Blues, Lost in Yonkers

18
24 10
Arthur Koestler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Darkness at Noon, The Thirteenth Tribe

19
26 12
Isaac Babel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Konarmiia, The Odessa Tales, You Must Know Everything

20
15 3
Clarice Lispector is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
LeonardoLima added The Hour of the Star, The Passion According to G.H., Un apprentissage

21
22 10
Tom Stoppard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Empire of the Sun, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Shakespeare in Love

22
25 15
Maurice Sendak is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There

23
36 26
Ayn Rand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
pfment added Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, The Fountainhead

24
20 11
Lillian Hellman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Children's Hour, Watch on the Rhine, The Chase

25
9 1
Osip Mandelstam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Matthias Freise added Topůrko pro kata, Voyage en Arménie, Moscow & Voronezh notebooks