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similar character is much of the material which was incorporated
in the
Selected writings of Gertrude Stein,
edited by Carl Van
Vechten (New York, Random, 1946). They include generous
portions from many of Miss Stein’s works and the
Autobiography of
Alice B. Toklas
in its entirety. I t is provided with “ a message
from Gertrude Stein” and an introduction and notes by the editor.
I t is said th a t
The Case o f Mr. Crump
by Ludwig Lewisohn
(New York, Farrar, Straus, 1947) is an autobiographical novel.
I t was originally published in France in 1931 and deals with
aspects of the hero’s [i. e. the au thor’s] early life. The cumulative
horrors of his marriage to a vicious, possessive and revengeful
wife finally drive Mr. Crump to commit murder.
Memoirs are personal documents to which the historian resorts
for pertinent information on men and events th a t have contributed
to the making of history.
They bui'lded better than they knew
by
Julius Henry Cohen (New York, Messner, 1946) contains such
memoirs. The author, a leading New York lawyer tells, with
considerable detail, much about old New York, its politics, vil-
lains and civic reformers, many of whom were German Jews.
He offers interesting reminiscences of Felix Adler, Louis D.
Brandeis, Kaufmann Kohler and many other famous men and
women of the last fifty years. He does not neglect the Jewish
labor movement. An Ethical Culturist, Mr, Cohen does not
regard himself a Jew by religion and dislikes Jewish nationalism
and Zionism and yet ventures to speak as a Jew.
Manhattan
kaleidoscope
by Frank Weitenkampf (New York, Scribner, 1947)
is the chronicle of an epoch in American life by a sensitive observer
of the shifting kaleidoscope of New York throughout the past
seventy-five years. I t is not without a measure of Jewish interest,
for in its pages appear the names of many a Jewish figure who was
more or less familiar in the community. Fifteen charming stories
centered in Boston, twenty-five to th irty years ago, comprise
When I was a boy in Boston
by Charles Angoff; illustrated by
Samuel Gilbert (New York, Beechhurst, 1947). Together, they
recreate the dreams and regrets, hopes and aches of a boy in the
early formative years.
Journey of my life
, a book of memoirs by
H. Wolofsky, translated by A. M. Klein (Montreal, Eagle Pub-
lishing Co., [though dated 1945] was issued in 1946) is rich in
material of great value for the understanding of the development
of Canadian (especially Montreal) Jewish communal life.
The story of how American Innocents Abroad were reshaping,
however temporarily, an alien and laggard world is told by a
master raconteur in
This is the story
by David Lewis Cohn, illus-
trated by Steinberg (Boston, Houghton, Mifflin, 1946). I t offers
an account of Mr. Cohn’s trip around the world in 1945 in which