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But Perhaps God Needs the Longing Criticism

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Sachs's books have been largely ignored by the critics, but that does not mean that there have not been some critical studies of her work as a whole. Sachs is most often studied as a Jewish writer and as a survivor of the Holocaust. Her work, then, is studied along side those of other Jewish women writers, whose Holocaust experiences shape their work. It is only recently that the poetry and prose of Holocaust survivors have found an audience of willing readers. In fact, it took a long time for critics to discover Nelly Sachs. In her essay, "Women as Agents of Suffering and Redemption in the Poetry of Nelly Sachs," writer Erlis Glass Wickersham points out that Sachs's "artistic contributions to twentieth century poetry may have been unjustifiably neglected." In fact, as Wickersham observes, while books of Sachs's poetry have been published for many years, there have...

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