The authors on this list have written some of the most beloved works of all time. They keep you engaged and are very challenging. Some of the most famous Jewish female authors are:
Sontag was born Susan Rosenblatt in New York City, the daughter of Mildred and Jack Rosenblatt, both Jews of Lithuanian and Polish descent. She attended University of California at Berkeley for one year and then transferred to the University of Chicago, from which she graduated in1951. She studied English Literature (M.A., 1954) and philosophy (M.A., 1955) at Harvard University.
Susan was a writer, filmmaker, philosopher, teacher, and political activist. She wrote mostly essays on modern culture but also published novels; she published her first major work, the essay “Notes on ‘Camp’”, in 1964. Her best-known works include On Photography, Against Interpretation, Styles of Radical Will, The Way We Live Now, Illness as Metaphor, Regarding the Pain of Others, The Volcano Lover, and In America. She died December 28, 2004, at the age of 71.
Gertrude, the youngest of a family of five children, was born on February 3, 1874, in Pennsylvania to upper-middle-class Jewish parents, Daniel and Amelia Stein. When Gertrude was three years old, she and her family moved to Vienna, and then Paris. France became her home for the remainder of her life. Stein attended Radcliffe College; then an annex of Harvard University from 1893 to 1897.
Gertrude Stein became a writer, novelist, poet, playwright and art collector. Her works include novels, plays, stories, libretti and poems written in a highly idiosyncratic, playful, repetitive, and humorous style.
A well quoted from one of Ms. Stein’s poem named Sacred Emily is “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose”. When quoted exactly as was written, it’s accurate as “’Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose’: Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose. Loveliness extreme.” The first Rose being the name of a woman. Her novels include Q.E.D., Fernhurst, Three Lives, The Making of Americans, Word Portraits, Tender Buttons, as well as works dealing with homosexual themes. She was also the host of a salon that included expatriate writers Ernest Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson, and Ezra Pound. Stein died on July 27, 1946, at the age of 72.
Arendt was born on 14 October 1906 in Hanover, Germany. She was raised in Jewish culture to parents who were politically progressive. She studied at the University of Marburg. She obtained her doctorate in philosophy in 1929 at the University of Heidelberg. She fled Germany to Czechoslovakia and Switzerland before settling in Paris which she also fled when Germany invaded France. She made her way to the United States and became a writer and editor and worked for Jewish Cultural Reconstruction.
Arendt is widely considered as one of the most important political philosophers of the twentieth century. Her subjects of the study were anti-Semitism, Adolf Eichmann, Totalitarianism, and trial. Her notable works are: The Human Condition, Origins of Totalitarianism, and Eichmann in Jerusalem. She died on the 4th of December, 1975. She is commemorated by institutions and journals devoted to her thinking, the Hannah Arendt Prize for political thinking.
Betty was a writer, activist, and feminist. A leading figure in the women’s movement in the United States, her 1963 book The Feminine Mystique is often credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism in the 20th century. Born as Bettye Naomi Goldstein on February 4, 1921, in Illinois, to Harry and Miriam whose Jewish families were from Russia and Hungary. As a young girl, Friedan was active in both Marxist and Jewish circles. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1942 with a major in psychology. In 1943, she spent a year at the University of California, Berkeley on a fellowship for graduate work in psychology with Erik Erikson. In 1966, Friedan co-founded and was elected the first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Regarded as an influential author and intellectual in the United States, Friedan published six books. Her autobiography, Life So Far was published in 2000. She died on the 4th of February, 2006.
Butler is a philosopher and gender theorist whose work has influenced political philosophy, ethics and the fields of third-wave feminist queer and literary theory. Butler is best known for her books Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990) and Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex (1993) where she develops her theory of gender performativity. She is now Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley.
Who has not been impacted by these strong women?