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1977
NATIONAL JEW ISH BOOK AWARDS
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book entitled
Wor ld of Our Fathers,
published by Harcourt
Brace Jovanovich.
Dr. Howe is well known as a teacher, editor, writer and
critic. He has taught at Brandeis and Stanford Universities and
is now Distinguished Professor of English, City University of
New York Graduate School and H un ter College. He is the
editor of the magazine
Dissent,
and has published numerous
articles in leading periodicals.
He has co-edited with Eliezer Greenberg four significant pub­
lications of Yiddish literature:
A Treasury of Yiddish Stories;
A Treasury of Yiddish Poetry; Voices from the Yiddish
and the
newly released
Ashes Out of Hope .
The Wor ld of Our Fathers
has been universally acclaimed
as the most comprehensive social and cultural history of east
European Jewry. I t was awarded this year’s National Book
Award and is truly a monumental work and a great achievement.
H A R R Y AND FLORENCE KOVNER MEMOR IAL AW A RD
Dr. Charles Angoff presented the Harry and Florence Kovner
award for a book of poetry. The late Harry Kovner was a Jewish
poet and his son, Bernard Kovner, sponsors the award in memory
of his parents.
T he judges were Dr. Charles Angoff, professor of English at
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Dr. Judah Stampfer, associate
professor of English at the State University at Stony Brook, and
Dr. A. Alan Steinbach, former president of the Jewish Book
Council, editor emeritus of the
Jewish Book Annual
and editor
of
Jewish Bookland.
T he judges were unanimous in choosing Myra Sklarew for
her work entitled
From the Backyard of the Diaspora,
published
by Dryad Press.
Mrs. Sklarew has published more than 200 poems in numerous
journals including the
New York Times,
the
Jerusalem Post
and
the
New Republi c .
Besides
From the Backyard of the Diaspora,
Mrs. Sklarew is the author of
In the Basket of the Blind.
She has
recorded her poems at the Library of Congress for the Contem­
porary Poets Series. In addition, she is assistant professor in the
department of literature at American University. She was the