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W I N N E R S OF T H E 1966 L I T E R A R Y
AWA R D S OF T H E J E W I S H B O O K
C O U N C I L OF A M E R I C A
Harry and Florence Kovner Memorial Awards
The judges of the Harry and Florence Kovner Memorial Award
for Yiddish poetry were Yudel Mark of the Jewish Education
Committee of New York, Leon Rubinstein of the Farband-Labor
Zionist Order, and Moshe Starkman of the
Day-Morning Journal.
In presenting the award of $250 and a citation to Yaakov
Glatstein, Mr. Starkman said:
“If the literary creativity in Yiddish is a spiritual kingdom
within Judaism, Yaakov Glatstein is of the
Yoshvim rishonah
b’ma lkhu t,
those ‘who abide first in the kingdom׳ of Yiddish
poetry and prose. If, however, Yiddish literature is only a
province of Jewish world literature, Yaakov Glatstein is among the
greatest of the great in our multilingual universal Jewish culture,
as attested by his books of poetry, fiction and criticism which
have enriched the literary treasure-house of the Jewish people.
Every new book by Yaakov Glatstein is a great event in the
development of our Jewish literature and his latest volume of
poetry,
A Y id from Lub lin ,
merits such a distinction.
“This is the second time Glatstein has won a Kovner Award
for Yiddish Poetry. The previous occasion was ten years ago, in
1957, when he was honored for his book
Fun Mein Gantzer M e i
(Of All My Labor), a large volume of verse written during the
years 1919-1956. Tha t award marked the 60th anniversary of his
birth; and in 1967 his award for
A Yid fun Lub lin
marks his
70th birthday, an occasion for literary gatherings wherever Yid-
dish is spoken or read the world over. Like Glatstein's previous
volumes of verse, this new book proclaims that he has attained
new heights in the spheres of Jewish and general poetry.
“Lublin, the Polish city where Glatstein was born, has been
for centuries one of the ‘Mother Cities’ in the national and
spiritual history of East European Jewry. Its giants of Torah and
Hasidut have influenced Jews on all continents, and Yaakov
Glatstein is also their creative giant symbolizing Jewish spiritual
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