Page 66 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 10 (1951-1952)

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“Our Literature and Its Development” by Hayyim Leaf presents
a survey of the changing character of Hebrew literature since the
beginning of World War II through Israel’s War of Liberation to
the present. In this brief period, Hebrew literature has branched
out into many new areas, such as political science, agriculture,
natural sciences and military tactics. In much of this literature
created by a new generation of native born Israeli writers, there is
reflected the life of the Yishuv, its struggles and experiences,
especially in the War of Liberation. There is also evident the
development of a new idiom which is an outgrowth of the use of
Hebrew as a modern living tongue.
“Selected Hebrew Literature in Israel in 5710” by Reuben Levi
is an annotated bibliography of 250 titles selected from nearly the
1,000 works published in Israel during the year under review.
There are included encyclopedias, annuals, collected works, Juda-
ica, books on Zionism and Israel, scientific works and text books.
The number of books dealing with Israel’s War of Independence
is significant. Among them are a substantial number of memorial
volumes dedicated to individuals and groups who have fallen in
battle. A selected listing of some of these works will be found in
“Recent Books in Israel” by Jacob KabakofF in this volume.
“Hebrew Literature in America in 5711” by Daniel Persky, an
annotated bibliography of works that have been published in the
United States, gives evidence of the wealth of rabbinical literature
that is being issued in America. While the greatest source of such
literature until recent years was in Europe, the United States is
now in the forefront. On the other hand, there has been a notice-
able decline in the other categories of Hebrew literature. While
fifty-two titles of rabbinical literature are listed, the bibliography
has only thirty-six titles in all other categories including research
and criticism, belle lettres, collected works, youth literature, and
text books. A comparable bibliography will be found in the
English Section of this
entitled “Recent Hebrew Books
in America” by Ezra Spicehandler.
This issue of the
Jewish Book Annual
includes the second half
of the article on “History of Hebrew Publishing” by Yochanan