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Washington University professor Henry Schvey is the author of “Blue Song: St. Louis in the Life and Work of Tennessee Williams.”

Wash U professor’s new book looks at St. Louis’ impact on Tennessee Williams

JUDITH NEWMARK, Special to the Jewish LIght July 1, 2021

Seventeen years ago, browsing in a New Orleans bookstore, Henry I. Schvey made a once-in-a-lifetime discovery: An unpublished, entirely unknown poem by Tennessee Williams. Today, the title of that poem is the title of Schvey’s new book, “Blue Song:...

Henry Schvey

History, the Holocaust and King Midas

By Henry Schvey July 12, 2019

Americans, and Jews in particular, feel rightly indignant by the many casual references applied to the Holocaust in contemporary culture. Many feel, with much justification, that it’s blasphemous to make simplistic analogies between sequestering children...

Henry Schvey

Election day offers antidote to Trump

BY HENRY I. SCHVEY November 1, 2018

“The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worstAre full of passionate intensity.”— William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming”The events unfolding over the past few days have revealed a deadly poison at the...

Henry I. Schvey is professor of drama and comparative literature at Washington University in St. Louis.

Trump ends U.S. role as honest Mideast mediator

BY HENRY SCHVEY May 24, 2018

When President Donald Trump announced that he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the results were entirely predictable: renewed violence and bloodshed in a part of the world where such horrors have been all too common over the 70 years since...

Henry I. Schvey is professor of drama and comparative literature at Washington University in St. Louis.

Don’t mistake Jerusalem decision for tzedakah

By Henry Schvey December 14, 2017

So, let me understand this correctly: We have a president who has now generously decided that the United States should recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and move its embassy there. According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,...

Washington University professor Henry I. Schvey is the author of ‘The Poison Tree.’

WU professor exposes hard childhood in memoir

BY SUSAN FADEM, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT November 2, 2016

A mensch. A widely published academic. Embraced by family and friends. Excels at putting others at ease, making them feel affirmed.Why then would Henry I. Schvey, longtime Washington University professor of drama and comparative literature, suddenly expose...

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