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(Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society of America, 1944), which
in style and content is as Jewish as those which comprise the
Scriptural collection of Psalms. He is also the author of
The Hitler-
tad
(Norwalk, Conn., New Directions, 1944), satirical verse about
Hitler and his henchmen. Joseph Eliyia was a Greek Hebrew
scholar and lyricist whose dreams of hellenizing Judaism were cut
short by his death in Athens at the age of 29. His
Poems
, trans-
lated from the Greek by Rae Dalven and illustrated by Johan A.
Van Zuylan, were published in memoriam by the Greek Jews in
New York (New York, 1944). A poetic drama based on Noah’s
choice between clinging to his old life and trusting himself to the
flood is
Noah and the waters
by Cecil Day-Lewis (Forest Hills,
N. Y., Transatlantic Arts, 1945).
Jewish artists have often concerned themselves with themes
drawn from Jewish life and lore and have given expression to
them in their creative work. This is certainly true of many of
the contributions they have made not only to the art and music
of our own times but to those of days gone by as well. To prove
the antiquity of this practice one needs only to turn to the late
Dr. Paul Romanoff’s study of
Jewish symbols on ancient Jewish
coins
, with an introduction by President Abraham A. Neuman
(Philadelphia, Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning,
1944), in which striking examples of early Jewish artistic endeavors
are described with a wealth of learned illumination. In
Prelude to
a new artfor an old religion
, by A. Raymond Katz, with an intro-
duction by C. J. Bulliet (Chicago, L. M. Stein, 1945), one meets
with twenty-seven delightful and certainly original motifs based
on the Hebrew alphabet. The preface and explanatory notes are
by Shlomo Marenof. In
The drawings of Jacques Lipschits
(New
York, C. Valentin, 1944), a portfolio containing twenty plates,
one meets with some interesting Jewish themes. Bernard Smith,
in his
Moses Soyer
(New York, A. C. A. Gallery, 1945), offers a
remarkable study with reproductions of the paintings of a great
Jewish artist.
Paul Strand
, an American artist, is the subject
of a study by Nancy Newhall (New York, Museum of Modern
Art, 1945). The popularity of H. N. Bialik’s verse continues to
grow. More and more of his writings become accessible in the
English language and they find their rightful place in lore and
literature. Quite a number of his poems have been set to music,
to which has now been added
The children's suite
, the music for
which was set by Gershon Ephros, and the text accompanied by
an English version made by Harry H. Fein (New York, Bloch
1944).