“Out of Brownsville: Encounters with Nobel Laureates and Other Jewish Writers,” by Jules Chametzky, professor emeritus of English, has been published by the University of Massachusetts Press.
In the collection of literary portraits, Chametzky shares his recollections of more than 40 notable Jewish writers, including Alfred Kazin, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Grace Paley, Saul Bellow, Irving Howe, Cynthia Ozick, Leslie Fiedler, Tillie Olsen, Adrienne Rich, Allen Ginsberg, Joseph Brodsky and Amos Oz. Also included are cameo appearances by non-Jewish authors such as James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka and Jose Yglesias.
Chametzky’s previous books include “From the Ghetto: The Fiction of Abraham Cahan” and “Our Decentralized Literature: Cultural Mediations in Selected Jewish and Southern Writers,” both published by the UMass Press.He is a co-founder of The Massachusetts Review.
The book is available in paperback for $19.95.