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RECENT JEWISH BOOKS IN ENGLISH
(Published Outside of the U. S. A.)
1952-1955
By
G
eorge
J.
W
e b b e r
A
LBERT M. Hyamson, Anglo-Jewish historian — who wrote
. on this subject for the
Jewish Book Annual
(volume XI) —
died in 1954. His last work was the forthcoming
History of Jews*
College
, written to celebrate the centenary in 1956 of the Jewish
theological seminary of England. Anglo-Jewish writing also lost
Rabbi Dr. Israel Mattuck, Emeritus Minister of the Liberal
Jewish Synagogue, London, the author of
Jewish Ethics
and
The
Thought of the Prophets.
Jewish publishing will be distinctly poorer
because of the passing of Edward Goldston and of Bela Horowitz,
founder and director of
The Phaedon Press
and of the
East & West
Library.
In 1953, Rabbi Dr. Leo Baeck, one of the greatest living Jews,
celebrated his 80th birthday.
A Festschrift
in English and German
was presented to him by divers hands: Einstein and Thomas Mann,
Martin Buber, A. J. Heschel and Norman Bentwich; Kahle and
others.
During the last three years, Jewish life and thought have
become important in English book lists. English publishers in-
creasingly accept works on Jewish themes by Jew or non-Jew
and in the following list are included several works by non-Jews.
The melting pot of Israeli life; the Dead Sea Scrolls; the State of
Israel, how it was established and how it is governed; Jewish
thought and the Jewish way of life; the Hitlerian persecutions and
massacres; the contributions by emigres of Europe to the culture
of nations — such are themes that interest English publishers
and English readers. Jewish publishers, particularly Vallentine,
Mitchell, exhibit a greater sense of adventure in Jewish bookman-
ship. The following list does not include books by Jewish writers
on general non-Jewish themes, such as Isaiah Berlin’s
Historical
Inevitability
, a profound essay on the philosophy of history, or
Betty Miller’s psychological study on
Robert Browning.
I t limits
itself to those that possess a specifically Jewish interest. Two new
adventures in Anglo-Jewish publishing are particularly note-
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