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W INNERS OF TH E 1963 L IT ER A R Y AWARDS
O F TH E JEW ISH BOOK COUNC IL O F AM ER ICA
Joanne Greenberg
Joanne Greenberg received the Harry and Ethel Daroff
Memorial Fiction Award for her historical novel
The King’s
Persons.
“Mrs. Greenberg, though a young writer, has produced
The King’s Persons,
a novel of rare fascination and singular
maturity about Jews in England in the twelfth century,” Leo
W. Schwarz wrote in
In Jewish Bookland.
“In the author’s
skilled hands the story of the little Jewish community of York
and of its Christian neighbors becomes an engrossing drama.
“Mrs. Greenberg builds her story around the family of Baruch
of York, one of the richest moneylenders. Every member of the
family, including the Christian servant Bett, is a superbly alive
character. But always the reader is made conscious of the con­
tradictory psyches of two culturally and psychologically distinct
peoples. There is never even a quiver of doubt about the self-
identity of the Jews or of Christians, or about their human
conditions. The book is more than a novel; it is an experience.
No home or library can afford to be without it.”
In an autobiographical note, Joanne Greenberg wrote, “I was
born in Brooklyn, New York, and went to the Community
School, which was a ‘progressive’ school . . . I went to American
University where I fell in love with medieval art, medieval
music, and medieval Latin poetry . . . there I got the idea of
writing prose, and I was printed in American University Eagle
and won American University’s Newspaper Poetry Prize . . . I
have two young sons, and I do all my own baking, brewing,
sewing, and psychology. I am famous for my mother’s cooking.
We live 7,500 feet up in the mountains (foothills) overlooking
Denver. We fight erosion, grasshoppers, snows, hot winds, ticks,
and rattlers. We wouldn’t live anywhere else.”
Ben Zion Bokser
Rabbi Ben Zion Bokser was the winner of the Frank and
Ethel S. Cohen Award for Book on Jewish Thought for his
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