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.ןעגנוצעזרעביא
AMERICAN YIDDISH BOOKS
1955-1956
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T
HE Yiddish literary production of 1955-1956 bears the same
characteristics as that which appeared during the entire post-
war period. Generally speaking, it was rich in belles-lettres,
poetry, criticism and memoirs, but poor in historical writings,
scholarly works and pedagogical books.
In this bibliography will be found well-known Yiddish literary
figures as well as novices. While their themes are largely familiar
(the Old Country still remains a source for much of their creative
inspiration), there are yet many works which reflect the life of the
new Jewish communities in the Americas and in Israel. Among the
recently published books are a number which reached a high
artistic standard and will undoubtedly occupy an honored place
in the development of Yiddish literature.
A significant accomplishment has been the publication of books
of the writings of deceased Yiddish authors. The Congress for
Jewish Culture was especially active in this area as well as in the
reissuing of out-of-print books.
Hurban
literature still assumes an important place in the totality
of Yiddish book production, although there are less eye-witness
accounts and memoirs than in the first post-war years, and more
scholarly documentation.
While Yiddish literary criticism has suffered a severe loss with