|Born||1932 (age 84–85)
|Occupation||Author, Translator, Professor|
He came to the United States in 1938. His 1957 master's thesis was on Lamed Shapiro. His 1966 doctoral thesis was a translation with commentary, published in 1969 as King Artur: A Hebrew Authurian Romance of 1279.
Leviant was also a book reviewer, usually of Jewish authors, with reviews appearing in The New York Times, The Nation, and other publications, especially Jewish media. In more recent years, he has been, co-authoring with his wife, a Jewish travel writer.
According to Lewis Fried, "his fiction is nuanced, surprising, and often arabesque, dealing with the demands of the present and the claims of the past."
Personal life and career
His parents were Jacques and Fenia Leviant. They spoke Yiddish at home, and encouraged their son's interest in Yiddish literature and theater. He married Erika Leah Pfeifer, they had three daughters, Dalya, Dvora, Shulamit.
- The Yemenite Girl. Bobbs-Merrill, 1977; Avon/Bard Books, 1978; Syracuse University Press, 1999
- expansion of a 1973 short story of the same title, published in The Literary Review, Fall 1973.
- winner of the Edward Lewis Wallant Award
- Passion in the Desert Avon/Bard Books, 1980
- The Man Who Thought He Was Messiah. Jewish Publication Society, 1990
- Partita in Venice. Livingston Press, 1999
- Diary of an Adulterous Woman: A Novel: Including an ABC Dictionary That Offers Alphabetical Tidbits and Surprises. Syracuse University Press, 2001
- Ladies and Gentlemen, the Original Music of the Hebrew Alphabet and Weekend in Mustara: Two Novellas. University of Wisconsin Press, 2002
- Zix Zexy Ztories. Texas Tech University Press, 2012
- The Yeshiva, by Chaim Grade.
- The Agunah, by Chaim Grade.
- More Stories from my Father's Court, by Isaac Bashevis Singer.
- Stories and Satires, by Sholom Aleichem.
- Old Country Tales, by Sholom Aleichem.
- From the Fair, by Sholom Aleichem.
- The Jewish Government and Other Stories, by Lamed Shapiro.
- Harry Zohn, Österreichische Juden in der Literatur (Olamenu, 1969), p. 37.
- Cited in
- "Leviant, Curt" entry in Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2nd edition, 2007, v. 12, p. 696.
- From his thanks to his parents in some of his Sholom Aleichem translations, Stories and Satires (1959) and Old Country Tales (1966), including their help with obscure Yiddish idioms, especially those of Russian origin.
- From the dedication to Masterpieces of Hebrew Literature, Ktav, 1969.
- Rutgers Catalog, p. 88
- Cecil Roth, Encyclopaedia Judaica (Encyclopaedia Judaica, 1996: ISBN 965-07-0219-9), Vol. 1, p. 33.
- The Writers Directory, 31st edition, St. James Press (part of Gale, Cengage Learning) 2013
- Review: Curt Leviant's witty 'A Novel of Klass'. Orlando Sentinel, December 7, 2008. Accessed 2011-03-01.
- Leviant on Chaim Grade Jewish Action
- Leviant on Chaim Grade Jewish Review of Books
- "Se l'amore fa dimenticare persino l'aleph bet", Sette - October 4th 2013 Leviant interview with an Italian newspaper. He implies an age that would have meant he wrote his master's thesis at age 13 and was on the Rutgers faculty at age 16.