Page 33 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 5 (1946-1947)

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rather small. Thomas Mann is the author of
The tables of the law
a short novel based on the biblical story of Moses, designed by
Paul Rand (New York, Knopf, 1945).
Prelude to Delilah
Vladimir Jabotinsky (New York, Ackerman, 1945) is a novel
dealing with the life of Samson which was originally published
under the title
Judge and fool
(New York, Liveright, 1930). The
colorful story of King David, the sinner and his moral triumph is
superbly retold in a novel
David the king
by Gladys Schmitt
[Mrs. Simon Goldfield], illustrated by Cathal O’Toole (New York,
Dial Press, 1946).
Daniel the Hebrew boy
by Emerson Har tman
(Columbus, Ohio, Wartburg Press, 1945) is a story, for young
people, of the boy who rose to favor with Nebuchadnezzar and
saved his fellow-Jews in Babylon through his ability to interpret
the emperor’s dream. In
The gospel according to Gamaliel
York, Harper, 1945) Gerald Heard presents the story of Jesus
and the early Christian movement as the journal of Gamaliel,
grandson of Hillel and teacher of Paul. The same story is told
in a different form in a novel
Behold your king
by Florence Anne
Marvyne Bauer (Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1945) in which a
young Jew meets the rabbi from Galilee and follows him for two
years to Golgotha.
The beautiful garden and other bible tales
Elma E. Levinger, illustrated by Jessie B. Robinson (New York,
Bloch, 1946) is a collection of scriptural stories retold in the now
familiar, but inimitable, manner of the author.
I t is easy and wrong, to overlook poetry. Poetry is human
literature at its best, and it would be curious were the increased
number of Jewish books not to include volumes of verse. Un-
fortunately, volumes of verse by Jewish poets are rather few
though they contain much authentic poetry. Paul Eldridge is the
author of
I bring a sword
(New York, Fine Editions Press, 1945),
a modest but impressive collection of poems dealing with the
present Jewish crisis. They are addressed to the persecutors of
the Jews.
Never to forget
(New York, Jewish People’s Fraternal
Book League, 1946) is a long poem by Howard Fast, illustrated
with magnificent drawings by William Gropper dealing with the
courage, strength and pride in the heroic last-ditch fight of the
40,000 Jews in the Warsaw ghetto, who defied the Nazi barbarians
for forty-two days thus demonstrating tha t Jews can and will
fight hard and well against tyranny. Verses in the traditional
pat tern interspersed with Hebrew words in Roman characters,
intended to familiarize Jewish children with their ancestral