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INTRODUCTION
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,’!"1H E lead article in this twelfth volume of the
Jewish Book
Annual
is the illuminating presidential address, “After 300
Years: The Literary Legend of the Jew — and the Reality,”
delivered by Dr. Sol Liptzin before the last annual meeting of the
Jewish Book Council of America. One striking phrase in th a t
address sums up the aim and purpose of the Council, to help
orient American Jews “ in Jewish time and American space.” Pure
volition to remain a Jew over a long period of time is a new chal-
lenge for this historic people. Will the Jew survive as a literate
creative Jew in America? The Jewish Book Council believes he
should, he must, he will.
This tercentenary volume of the
Annual
appropriately reviews
yesterday’s Jewish literary achievement in America. Joshua
Bloch, Eisig Silberschlag, and B. I. Bialostotzky review our tri-
lingual writings. Lee M. Friedman presents a fascinating account
of American Jewish literary “ firsts.” Moshe Starkman and
Menahem G. Glenn survey the Hebrew and Yiddish products in
American Jewish history. Mordecai Soltes salutes the centennial
of Jewish Community Centers for their special contributions of
Jewish literary interest. Solomon Grayzel greets the 100th anni-
versary of Bloch, a Jewish publisher, who has done so much for the
religious and cultural life of our community through the printed
word. Philip Goodman introduces us to the love for Jewish books
as manifested by collectors’ bookplates.
This brings us to our annual literary inventory — the bibliog-
raphies. We are grateful to the experts in their respective fields,
I. Edward Kiev, Solomon Kerstein, Mary N. Kiev, Fanny Gold-
stein, Daniel Persky and Dina Abramowicz for keeping us posted.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, it has not been
possible to have an appropriate article on Maimonides to com-
memorate the 750th anniversary of his death. This will appear
in the next volume of the
Annual.
Our gratitude is also expressed to those whose generosity made
the publication of the
Annual
possible, particularly to the Morris
and Bertha Treuhaft Memorial Fund, the Lucius N. L ittauer
Foundation, the national organizations affiliated with the Jewish
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