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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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Neil Simon is listed (or ranked) 2 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) 3 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Crucible, The Misfits, Death of a Salesman
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Herman Wouk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
fwiener added The Winds of War, The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War
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Franz Kafka is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle
6
Leon Uris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Exodus, Mila 18, QB VII
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Saul Bellow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Adventures of Augie March, Henderson the Rain King, Herzog
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Clarice Lispector is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
LeonardoLima added The Hour of the Star, The Passion According to G.H., Un apprentissage
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Joseph Heller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Catch-22, Something Happened
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Osip Mandelstam is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Matthias Freise added Topůrko pro kata, Voyage en Arménie, Moscow & Voronezh notebooks
11
Max Nordau is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Mollevangsvagen added A question of honor, Degeneration
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Isaac Bashevis Singer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Magician of Lublin, A Day of Pleasure
13
Bernard Malamud is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Natural, The Fixer
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Sigmund Freud is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Interpretation of Dreams, The Ego and the Id, Civilization and Its Discontents
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Shel Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light In the Attic, The Giving Tree
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Philip Roth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Exit Ghost, American Pastoral, The Human Stain
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Chaim Potok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Chosen, The Gift of Asher Lev
18
Marcel Proust is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
In Search of Lost Time, The Prisoner, The Fugitive
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Arthur Koestler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Darkness at Noon, The Thirteenth Tribe
20
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
J. D. Salinger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
ZacharyHagen-Smith added J. D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey, Nine Stories
22
Tom Stoppard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Empire of the Sun, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Shakespeare in Love
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Lillian Hellman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
The Children's Hour, Watch on the Rhine, The Chase
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Joseph Roth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Matthias Freise added Radetzky March, Juden auf Wanderschaft, Hotel Savoy
25
Norman Finkelstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jewish Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Politics of Anti-Semitism, Beyond Chutzpah, The Holocaust Industry