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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79 36
Franz Kafka is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle

2
44 13
Maimonides is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Commentary on the Mishna, Treatise on Poisons and Their Antidotes

3
57 23
Marcel Proust is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
In Search of Lost Time, The Prisoner, The Fugitive

4
55 27
Elie Wiesel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Night, Dawn, The Oath

5
55 27
Philip Roth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Exit Ghost, American Pastoral, The Human Stain

6
42 17
Isaac Bashevis Singer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Magician of Lublin, A Day of Pleasure

7
53 26
Sigmund Freud is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Interpretation of Dreams, The Ego and the Id, Civilization and Its Discontents

8
40 16
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
32 13
Leon Uris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Exodus, Mila 18, QB VII

10
27 9
Bernard Malamud is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Natural, The Fixer

11
34 15
Joseph Heller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Catch-22, Something Happened

12
46 25
Arthur Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Crucible, The Misfits, Death of a Salesman

13
32 14
Chaim Potok is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Chosen, The Gift of Asher Lev

14
36 18
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
26 10
Neil Simon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Good Doctor, Biloxi Blues, Lost in Yonkers

16
51 32
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Diary of a Young Girl

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25 11
Isaac Babel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Konarmiia, The Odessa Tales, You Must Know Everything

18
14 2
Clarice Lispector is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
LeonardoLima added The Hour of the Star, The Passion According to G.H., Un apprentissage

19
23 10
Arthur Koestler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Darkness at Noon, The Thirteenth Tribe

20
6 0
Joseph Roth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Matthias Freise added Radetzky March, Juden auf Wanderschaft, Hotel Savoy

21
20 9
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
23 13
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
15 6
Max Nordau is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Mollevangsvagen added A question of honor, Degeneration

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
32 23
Ayn Rand is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
pfment added Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, The Fountainhead

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24 16
Michael Chabon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Wonder Boys, Summerland, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

27
8 1
Osip Mandelstam is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Matthias Freise added Topůrko pro kata, Voyage en Arménie, Moscow & Voronezh notebooks

28
18 12
Shlomo Sand is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Shlomo Sand The Invention of the Jewish People, The Invention of the Land of Israel

29
48 42
Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital

30
11 6
Władysław Szpilman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945

31
12 7
Bruno Schulz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass, The Street of Crocodiles

32
5 0
Georges Perec is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
EnricoValtellina added A Man Asleep, The Man Who Sleeps, Série noire

33
12 7
Irène Némirovsky is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Fire In the Blood

34
13 9
Mordecai Richler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
NicoleSimmonsMaron added Fun with Dick and Jane, Fun with Dick and Jane, Room at the Top

35
11 7
Ephraim Kishon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
sk8erhorse added The Fox in the Chicken Coop, Sallah, Blaumilch Canal

36
10 6
Henry Roth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
From Bondage, A Diving Rock on the Hudson, Shifting Landscape

37
9 5
Peter Shaffer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Five Finger Exercise, Amadeus, Equus

38
11 8
Howard Jacobson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Coming from Behind, In the Land of Oz

39
3 0
J. D. Salinger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
ZacharyHagen-Smith added The Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey, Nine Stories

40
3 0
Louis wolfson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
EnricoValtellina added Louis wolfson

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23 22
Norman Finkelstein is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Politics of Anti-Semitism, Beyond Chutzpah, The Holocaust Industry

42
11 10
Judith Viorst is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good

43
8 7
Harry Kemelman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Harry Kemelman Friday the Rabbi Slept Late, The Nine Mile Walk

44
6 5
Barney's Version is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
NicoleSimmonsMaron added Barney's Version

45
6 5
Else Ury is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
sk8erhorse added Else Ury Babys erstes geschichtenbuch für die kleinen von 2-5 jahren, Professors Zwillinge, Nesthäkchen. Sammelband 1-3

46
6 5
Yona Sabar is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Yona Sabar My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

47
12 12
Tony Kushner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
A Meditation from Angels in America, Thinking about the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness: Essays, a Play

48
7 8
Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravit... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
NicoleSimmonsMaron added Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

49
9 11
Alain de Botton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Essays in Love, My Last Five Girlfriends, How Proust Can Change Your Life

50
7 9
Jacob Weisberg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
In Defense of Government: The Fall and Rise of Public Trust, In an Uncertain World