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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
lore which have borne out this truth. Dr. Harry M. Orlinsky’s
insights into the role of the book in both the ancient world and
in our own time, which are found in his opening article, amply
demonstrate the age-old attachment of the Jew to the w ritten
word. Dr. Herbert C. Zafren’s essay on the romance o f Hebrew
printing in early Amsterdam indicates that in this thriving center
of commercial growth as well Jews did not overlook the op­
portunity to foster the spirit.
It is not every year that the Annua l can take pride in a Jewish
Nobel Prize winner in literature. Volume 25, issued in 1967,
was dedicated to the achievements of Shmuel Yosef Agnon and
Nelly Sachs, who shared the prize in 1966. This time we devote
an article to Saul Bellow, the first American Jew to be so
honored. Harold U. Ribalow has shown in his study that while
Bellow rejects the notion that he is an American Jewish writer,
still he cannot so easily shake off this designation.
How to treat the theme of the Holocaust has served as a con­
tinuing challenge to the literary artist. Dr. Edward A lexander
evaluates the fiction of several novelists in this country and
elsewhere who have addressed themselves to this difficult subject.
The literary and scholarly creativity in the State of Israel
has long excited the imagination. The widespread activity of the
established publishing houses which yields an annual output
of over 3,500 titles is well known. Dr. S. Gershon Levi has drawn
attention to the publications of some of Israel’s leading research
institutes which are riot as well known to the general public
and which enrich the world of Jewish scholarship.
In keeping with the trilingual pattern of the Annua l, articles
in both Hebrew and Yiddish have been included. The editor
deals in his Hebrew study w ith the oeuvre of Dov Sadan, of Is­
rael, on the occasion of his 75th anniversary. Sadan has made
seminal contributions to both Hebrew and Yiddish literature
as critic, essayist, translator, editor and folklorist. Itzchak Yana-
sowicz offers an appreciation in Yiddish of the work of the late
Melech Ravitch, a many-sided Yiddish w riter and author of more
than twenty volumes of poetry, memoirs and other books. The
role of six Yiddish writers and theorists in fostering Jewish na­
tionalist thought is examined by Dr. Emanuel Goldsmith.