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ib a low
— H
istor ical
F
ictton
*G
r een berg
, J
o a n n e
.
The king’s persons. New York, Holt, Rinehart and
Winston, 1963. 284 p.
The central event of this novel about medieval England is the
massacre of the Jews in York. It offers insights into English anti-
Semitism and the hopeless situation of the Jews in a strongly intoler-
ant society.
L
ew is o h n
, L
u dw ig
.
The last days of Shylock. New York, Harper and Brothers,
1931. 222 p.
The noted Jewish novelist here picks up the story of Shylock of
Shakespeare’s
The Merchant of Venice,
and follows his life for the
next twenty years. Mr. Lewisohn reverses Shakespeare’s caricature
and shows how Shylock was a man of deep faith and humaneness.
* R
e z n ik o f f
, C
h a r l e s
.
The lionhearted. Philadelphia, Jewish Publication
Society, 1944. 243 p.
A novel about the Jews of medieval England, this book deals with
the reign of King Richard I (1189-1199) and oppressions against
the Jews. Its climax is the massacre of the Jews in York. To Mr. Reznikoff,
the “lionhearted” is not Richard, but the brave Jews who preferred
death to conversion.
*S
chw ar z
-B
a r t
, A
nd r e
.
The last of the just. New York, Atheneum, 1960;
Bantam, 1961. 374 p.
While much of this novel deals with contemporary times, it de-
scribes Jewish suffering and martyrdom over centuries, beginning with
the murder of the Jews in York in 1185. Thus, the line is straight
from the Middle Ages to Hitler’s ovens in the 20th century.
FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE END OF THE 19TH CENTURY
A
g n o n
, S
a m u e l
J. The bridal canopy. New York, Doubleday, Doran, 1937.
373 p.
Reb Yudel, a poor and devout Jew living in Galicia in the early
part of the 19th century, has three unmarried daughters, for whom
he needs dowries. In search for the necessary dowries, he travels through-
out Galicia with his “teamster” Nuta. There are tales within tales and
much Hasidic lore.
* A
sch
, S
h o l e m
.
Kiddush ha-Shem. New York, Meridian Books; Philadelphia,
Jewish Publication Society, 1959. 183 p.
This is a 1926 novel by the Yiddish author. It is called “an epic
of 1648” and is a tale of the Chmelnitski pogroms, during which Jews
were violated and murdered and went to their death for “the Sanctifica-
tion of the Name.”
------ . Salvation. New York, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1951. 343 p.
Originally published in an English translation from the Yiddish
in 1934, this is a portrait of Jechiel, a famous rabbi and saintly man
living in a small Polish-Jewish community more than a century ago.
* B
arker
, S
h ir l e y
.
Strange wives. New York, Crown, 1963. 377 p.
A story of Colonial America, in which Reuben Bravo, of Portuguese
Jews who settle in Newport, Rhode Island, marries a Christian girl.
This novel covers historical and social events in the mid and late
18th century and focuses on Christian-Jewish relationships.