Page 27 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 7 (1948-1949)

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BLOCH----THE YEARNS BOOKSHELF
nishes an adequate description of the historical events in which
she flourished.
A biography of one of the leading figures in the thirteenth
century struggle of the Jews against persecution which began in
Germany in his day is the two volume work on
Rabbi Meir of
Rothenburg
by Irving A. Agus (Philadelphia, Dropsie College,
47״). Written as his doctoral thesis the author deals with Rabbi
Meir’s life and work and offers translations into English of the
responsa which serve as sources for the religious, legal and social
history of the Jews in medieval Germany.
The story of an eighteenth century Lithuanian Jew, a rebel
intellectual, stands among the most moving accounts of the early
passage of Jews into the cultural life of the Western world. It is
offered in an abridged text of J. Clark Murry’s translation of an
Autobiography by Solomon Maimon
, edited and provided with
an epilogue by Moses Hadas (N. Y., Schocken, ’47). Maimon,
who was a
maskil
and a student of philosophy, found no peace in
the traditional Jewish milieu or in the presumably brighter out-
side world. He furnishes a moving personal history of intellectual
clashes and a rather somber picture of Jewish life of that period.
The literature of American Jewish biography began to show
considerable growth in recent years. There is an insistent interest
in it and the year’s output includes several interesting titles.
Howe and Hummed
their true and scandalous story by Richard H.
Rovere, illustrated by Reginald Marsh and provided with an
introduction by Judge James Garrett Wallace (N. Y., Farrar,
Straus, ’47) presents a history of a criminal law firm that existed
in New York between 1869 and 1907 and of which Abe Hummel
was the most prominent member. It achieved a somewhat notori-
ous success defending theatrical, sports and underworld figures.
Sammy blows his whistle
; a biography of Judge Samuel A. Weiss
by George E. Kelley with an introduction by Governor James H.
Duff (Washington, D. C., Progress Press, ’47) is the life story of
an immigrant boy who became a popular Pennsylvanian, having
been a football hero in college, a football official and served as a
member of Congress before his election to the bench. The story
of another immigrant boy who made good as a lawyer and as a
communal leader is told in
Henry Monsky; the man and his work
by his widow and Maurice Bisgyer (N. Y., Crown, ’47). In a
short but full record the former head of the B’nai B’rith is pre-
sented as a “circuit-rider” in the service of Jewry. Among the
life stories, written for young people, of ten outstanding
American
women of nursing
by Edna Yost (Philadelphia, Lippincott, ’47)
is one which deals with the achievements of Lillian Wald.
When this you see remember me
by W. G. Rogers (N. Y., Rine-