Page 164 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 17 (1958-1959)

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ANG L O - J EW I S H BOOKS
1958-1959
By
R
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P.
L
e h m a n n
I
N conformity with the practice of previous years, the Anglo-
Jewish community as part of the
Am ha-Sefer
organised its
annual Jewish Book Week at the beginning of 1959—an event
which has now taken its place in the pattern of Anglo-Jewish
life. In connection with the Week, the
Jewish Chronicle
and
the
Jewish Review
issued special book supplements, and vari­
ously sponsored exhibitions were held throughout the country.
The Jewish Book Council featured lectures by the Rev. Dr. J .
Parkes on “Some Christian Books about the Jews,” by Mr. M.
Gertner on “Midrashic Thinking in Agnon” and by Mr. D.
Patterson on “The Hebrew Drama,” illustrated by selected
readings by three actors. The Week closed with a symposium
dedicated to the memory of the late Anglo-Jewish novelist, Louis
Golding. The Yiddish Cultural Society staged an exhibition of
Yiddish books later in the year, and the Shalom Aleichem cen­
tenary was duly commemorated by memorial meetings, public
lectures and displays.
Our writers and scholars have continued to devote themselves
to every branch of Jewish scholarship, as will be seen from the
appended list. It has been possible this year to include a few
Hebrew, Yiddish and German items, together with selected books
in English published in Israel and in Commonwealth countries.
The bibliography will therefore show, in the main, the literary
productivity of Anglo-Jewry, but also lists items which may have
been re-issued in America. Books by American writers re-pub­
lished in England have, however, been omitted, and thus the
complete output of English publishers is not evidenced.
Particularly noteworthy this year have been the contributions
to Jewish scholarship by members of the academic staff of Jews’
College. In this connection reference may be made to the pub­
lications of I. Epstein, S. M. Lehrman, C. Roth and H.
f.
Zimmels, whose
Ashkenazim and Sephardim
was awarded the
Book of the Year Prize for 1958 by the World Jewish Congress
(British Section). The Congress further proved its interest in
scholarship by issuing several additions to its
Popular Jewish
Library
series and by publishing a new
Jewish Journal of
Sociology.
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