Page 12 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 6 (1947-1948)

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EDITOR’S PREFACE
By
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G.
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Y TH IS time, the English Section of the Jewish Book Annual,
has, like the others, benefited from the development of stand-
ard and competent coverage of the most important fields. We are
certain tha t our readers look forward every year, ju s t as the Ed itor
does, to the pleasant and educationally beneficial perusal of
Joshua Bloch’s review of works published in English, as well
as Jacob Kabakoff’s and Yudel M ark’s respective surveys of
Hebrew and Yiddish publications. A less pleasant, bu t equally
essential work is Harry Schneiderman’s reference article on the
losses sustained during the year in terms of personalities.
This year we have attempted to bring to our readers information
about the new post-war developments in Jewish literature in
Europe. We hope tha t Francis Hevesi’s poignant and informative
article on the trends and developments in Hungary will be a fore-
runner of similar essays about Jewish literary life on the continent
of Jewish devastation. Hungary was selected as the first in the
series because of the distinguished au thor’s presence in this
country.
Ruth Rubin’s article on Jewish music was written with an eye
to fulfilling a gap in popular knowledge, rather than as a contri-
bution for the benefit of the members of the more serious musico-
logist fraternity. I t is hoped tha t Julius Greenstone’s article on the
books of Elijah Gaon will set up the precedent for the publication
of essays on the occasion of literary anniversaries. We regret th a t
we have been unable to publish an article about Moses Hayim
Luzzato whose anniversary was celebrated this year. We have
also discussed with Jacob Kabakoff the wisdom of more intensive
coverage of different fields of Hebrew literature in different years
in view of most fortunate cultural developments in Eretz Israel
and the consequent large ou tpu t of books, trends which we hope
will continue uninterruptedly.
We thank our contributors and, last but not least, Rabbi Philip
Goodman fully deserves our gratitude for his patien t and cheerful
cooperation.
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