(Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Sources for Further Study

Berger, Alan L. Crisis and Covenant: The Holocaust in American Jewish Fiction. New York: University of New York Press, 1985. Places the Holocaust as a central Jewish thematic focus in the works of Malamud, Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Elie Wiesel, and others. Includes a chapter on The Pawnbroker.

Bilik, Dorothy. Immigrant-Survivor: Post-Holocaust Consciousness in Recent Jewish-American Fiction. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1981. A far-ranging critique of The Pawnbroker, with comparisons to the works of Malamud and Singer.

Galloway, David D. Edward Lewis Wallant. Boston: Twayne, 1979. The only full-length analysis of Wallant’s life and works, an invaluable source for a close and perceptive reading of each of Wallant’s four novels.

Hoyt, Charles Alva, ed. Minor American Novelists. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970. Hoyt traces the separateness and alienation of Wallant’s protagonists, focusing on The Pawnbroker.

Leegant, Joan. “A Jewish Novelist Rediscovered: The Work of Edward Lewis Wallant, Author of The Pawnbroker, Is Given a Second Life.” Jewish Advocate 195, no. 12 (March 25, 2004): 1.

McDermott, John V. Flannery O’Connor and Edward Lewis Wallant: Two of a Kind. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2005.

Shatzky, Joel, and Michael Taub, eds. Contemporary Jewish-American Novelists: A Bio-critical Sourcebook. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997.