Inside the Hornet's Head
An Anthology of Jewish American Writing
By Jerome Charyn (Editor)
(Da Capo Press, Paperback, 9781560257400, 352pp.)
Publication Date: October 2005
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When compiler Jerome Charyn first read Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March, a world of letters opened up to him. It was his first exposure to the full potential of language, rendered breathlessly. In those pages he felt the terror and delight and buzz and ceaseless clatter of the inside of a hornet's head.
Here, he shares with us nineteen stories, including one from Augie March, that evoke similar feelings of passion and pain and joy. Selected from some of America's most celebrated Jewish writers, as well as a few lesser known ones, Inside the Hornet's Head is a moving, daring, appealing, and indispensable work.
Jerome Charyn was born in the Bronx in 1937. He is one of the five finalists for the 2005 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (for his novel, The Green Lantern) and is the author of more than thirty books, including Gangsters & Gold Diggers, The Isaac Quartet, and Sizzling Chops & Devilish Spins. He divides his time between New York and Paris.