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American Jewish Non-Fiction, American Jewish Fiction, Amer-
ican Jewish Juveniles, American Hebrew Books, Selected Books
of Israel, Yiddish Books, and Anglo-Jewish Books—add up to a
formidable vintage to nurture the hunger of book lovers.
Eight literary anniversaries are recorded in this volume. It
is our happy privilege to salute these distinguished writers on
their 70th birthday: Jacob Glatstein, A. R. Malachi, Abraham
Regelson, and Isaac Rivkind. They merit not only our felicita-
tions but also our fervent prayers for good health and for
continued creativity. To them applies the serene allusion in
Abot
—Ben shivim le-sevah
(at seventy the hoary head). Equally
appropriate is Dryden’s couplet.
Yet unimpair’d with labours, or with time,
Your age but seems to a new youth to climb.
Four luminaries who long since have finished their earthly
pilgrimage are eulogized here: Sholom Aleichem, on his 50th
yahrzeit; Heinrich Graetz and Leo Pinsker, on their 75th
yahrzeit; and Meir Lublin (Maharam) on his 350th yahrzeit.
They are beyond both bliss and torment, yet their works speak
to us and cry Nay to the oft-avouched declaration that the
past is beyond resurrection. The clock of time can no longer
knell their years that have expired, but there is a deathless
heartbeat that communicates itself to us out of their written
pages.
Their times have glided into th’ eternal main,
No realms, no worlds, can purchase them again.
While this
Annual
was at press we were profoundly shocked
and grieved to learn of the sudden death of David Boroff,
one of the judges of our annual fiction awards. Mr. Boroff
was Assistant Professor of English at New York University,
author of
Campus, U.S.A.,
and a regular contributor to a number
of the nation’s sophisticated journals. His loss will be felt by
the great fraternity of men and women to whom authentic
literature has a meaning in life. Our deep sympathy goes out
to the bereaved family.
We were also saddened by the death of Professor Martin Buber,
one of the great thinkers of this century. His profound spiritual
insight, his espousal of the “I and Thou” philosophy as the ulti-
mate dialogue between man and God, his incisive interpretation
of Hasidism, and his beneficent influence upon theologians of
diverse faiths, established him as a veritable lighthouse in a
society darkened by a deplorable spiritual impoverishment. Pro-