Isaac Babel(18941941) was a short-story writer, playwright, and correspondent with the Red Army forces during the Russian civil war. He died in a Soviet gulag in 1941. Efraim Sicherteaches at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. David McDuffhas translated works by Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky for Penguin Classics.
Nathalie Babel, his daughter, edited two other books of Babel's writing and is the author of Hugo and Dostoevsky.
Writer Cynthia Ozick grew up in the Bronx and attended New York University, where she earned a B. A., and The Ohio State University, where she earned a Ph.D. Ozick wrote the novel Trust, and the short stories "The Sense of Europe", which was published in Prairie Schooner, and "The Shawl", which was included in The World of the Short Story. Her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Partisan Review, and Esquire. Ozick has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Harold Straus Living Award from the American Academy and National Institute of Arts and Letters.