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From Pogroms to Philip Roth: A Conversation with Steven J. Zipperstein
Stanford professor Steven J. Zipperstein’s last book, Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History, was named a book of the year by the Economist, Mosaic Magazine, and Ha’aretz. Now he is deep into a biography of the novelist Philip Roth that promises insights quite different from the just-published and now (along with its author) highly controversial authorized account. This book will appear in the prestigious Yale Jewish Lives series, which Zipperstein founded and edits. Together with JRB editor Abraham Socher, Zipperstein will discuss the arc of Ashkenazi Jewish life in the twentieth century, the art of biography, and his latest subject, Philip Roth, the enfant terrible and, eventually, éminence grise of American Jewish letters.

May 25, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Steven J. Zipperstein
Professor @Stanford University
Stanford professor Steven J. Zipperstein, frequent contributor to the Jewish Review of Books as well as the New York Times Sunday Book Review and elsewhere, has published widely on Russian Jewish history as well as contemporary American Jewish literature and politics. His interest in biography has resulted in acclaimed books about cultural Zionist Ahad Ha'am and the American literary maverick Isaac Rosenfeld. For the Jewish Review of Books, he has examined—with surprising results—the life of anthropologist/Soviet spy Mark Zborowski. He also helped inspire the critically acclaimed Yale Jewish Lives series for which he is a series editor.
Abraham Socher
Editor in Chief @Jewish Review of Books
Abraham Socher was educated at UCLA, Harvard University, and UC Berkeley, where he received a PhD in history. He is the author of The Radical Enlightenment of Solomon Maimon: Judaism, Philosophy, Heresy (Stanford University Press, 2006) and coeditor of The Autobiography of Solomon Maimon: The Complete Translation (Princeton University Press, 2019). He is a professor emeritus at Oberlin College.