Focus

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Focus

Authors

Arthur Miller

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Sun., May 1, 2011, 2:00PM-3:30PM

Focus by Arthur Miller

Facilitated by Karen Feiner

Written in 1945, Focus was Arthur Miller's first novel and one of the first books to directly confront American anti-Semitism. It remains as chilling and incisive today as it was at the time of its controversial debut. As World War II draws to a close, anti-Semitism is alive and well in Brooklyn, New York. Here, Newman, an American of English descent, floats through a world of multiethnic neighborhoods indifferent to the racism around him. That is, until he begins wearing glasses that render him "Jewish" in the eyes of others, making him the target of anti-Semitic persecution. As he and his wife find friendship and support from a Jewish immigrant, Newman slowly begins to understand the racial hatreds that surround him.

ISBN

9780142000427

Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2011

Keywords

Jewish, anti-Semitism, racism

Disciplines

Jewish Studies

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