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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
Bashevis Singer, Cynthia Ozick, Elie Wiesel, and many more.
He has himself written a 105-page introduction to the book,
including chapters about the Aggadic tradition, Nachman of
Bratslav, and also about modern Jewish literature. There are
extensive notes on the stories, notes on the authors and an index
of stories, a glossary and an invaluable 25-page selected bibli­
ography of books in English.
Schwartz, Howard.
Elijah’s Violin & Other Jewish Fairy Tales.
New York: Harper & Row, 1983, 302 p. A softcover edition
was published in 1985 by the same publisher.
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Miriams’s Tambourine: Jewish Folktales from Around the
World.
New York: Seth Press, Distributed by The Free Press,
1986, 393 p. The softcover edition was published by Oxford
University Press, 1988.
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Lilith’s Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural.
New York:
Harper
Sc
Row, 1988. 294 p. The softcover edition was pub­
lished by Oxford University press, 1991.
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Gabriel’s Palace: Jewish Mystical Tales.
New York: Oxford
University Press, 1992.
Schwartz has earned the right to be called one of America’s
foremost folklorists and anthologists. An associate professor of
English at the University of Missouri — St. Louis, Schwartz has
compiled many anthologies of Jewish poetry and literature. In
all these books, there is a gold mine of tales for telling and
for continuing the rich creative Jewish oral tradition. Tapping
the mother lode of oral tradition, the post-biblical Jewish lit­
erature, as well as the many collections of stories published
throughout the centuries, especially the Israel Folktale Archives,
Schwartz has made a major contribution in restoring the folk­
tales and fairytales to life. Always careful about documenting
his tales, Schwartz includes extensive notes and bibliographies
at the end of each volume.
MINING THE SOURCES
Schram, Peninnah.
Jewish Stories One Generation Tells Another.
Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1987, 497 p.
In each of the introductions to the 64 stories, the author has
identified the source of the story, and the IFA number, along
with the motif and parallel variants. The introduction to each
story places it within its context. The stories are from talmudic-