Still being published. "Covers the Jewish contribution to German-speaking cultural history in some 1,300 biographical-bibliographic articles. Besides authors of literature in the broadest sense, representatives of the humanities can be found and other individuals from public life who, through their work, were influential beyond their specialist field" (publisher's description). See also the Archives de sciences sociales des religions review by Bensimon Doris.
"In 280 Porträts stellt das Lexikon jüdische Autorinnen und Autoren deutscher Sprache von der Aufklärung bis in die jüngste Gegenwart vor. Das interkulturelle Feld zwischen der deutschen Literatur und der jüdischen Kultur der Moderne stellt sich auf neue Weise dar und wurde in dieser Ausführlichkeit noch nie beschrieben" (publisher's description).
"A major reference work of international scope and outstanding scholarship, it has no rival. Many writers included here have never been profiled in a major reference source. Entries for each writer include a critical assessment, concentrating on the Jewish themes or defining characteristics of an author's writing and his or her importance to national or world literature; a biographical overview; a list of selected writings; and extensive suggestions for further reading" (from the Choice review by L. E. Jorbin).
"A classified bibliographic resource for tracing the history of Jewish translation activity from the Middle Ages to the present day, providing the researcher with over a thousand entries devoted to the Jewish role in the east-to-west tansmission of Greek and Arab learning and science into Latin or Hebrew. Other major sections extend the coverage to modern times" (fromt the Shofar review).
"Rather than providing a facile answer to the question "What is Jewish literature?," the book aims to exhibit the full range of opinions, from those that enthusiastically accept the internal coherence of the Jewish literary tradition to those that deny its very existence. This pluralism determines the internal structure of the collection, which is not arranged chronologically but rather moves from general theoretical statements to examples of practical criticism, all united by the overarching concern with the nature of Jewish literary experience" (from the Poetics Today review Elana Gomel). See also the Modern Language Review review by Edward A. Abramson.
17 vols. "Intending to give his fellow Russian Jews a broad overview of Jewish cultural history, the author began his Geshikhtefun der Literatur bei Yidn in Russian and revised and completed it in Yiddish [...] It has its flaws, as the translator indicates. Yet it satisfies the cravings of a reading public hungry for the color and vivacity behind the book titles. The translator is to be thanked for giving the English language a history of Jewish literature worthy of the name" (from the Journal of the American Academy of Religion review by Frank Talmage). See also the Isis review by Solomon Gandz, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion review of vols. 3-7, and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion review of vols. 10-12--both by Frank Talmage.