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SILBERSCHLAG / HARRY SACKLER
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plays —
The Way to God, Yizkor, King Ashmedai, The Tree of Life
and two playlets which appeared in 1964 under the collective title
Masakh u-Massekhot,
Curtain and Masks.
That Sackler held a high opinion of his creative work can be
easily corroborated from hints and statements in his essays. Such
mini-plays as
Eastward
or full-length plays as
Messiah American
Version,
such stories as “The End of Miracles” and such novels as
Festival at Meron
are ample justification of the high regard he
harbored for his accomplishment and the grudging esteem of his
contemporaries. Real and imaginary personages — spokesmen of
real and imaginary redemption — have secured Sackler’s primacy
and prestige in the history of Jewish literature. For he was one of
the illustrious creators of “A Jewish memory,” if one may para­
phrase Van Wyck Brooks who authored
The Flowering o f New
England,
the five-volume study of American literature and who
hoped to create “an American memory.” With love at first sight he
adhered to the cultural immensity of his people and with “love at
last sight” he radiated fidelity to its momentous thrust.