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J EW I S H BOOK A N N U A L
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Australia, 2; Romania, 2; Uruguay, Cuba, South Africa, and
Italy, one each. I t is disheartening to note that none of the
Russian-produced volumes bears the date 1949; the Moscow
Einigkeit
, which supplied most of the information about Yiddish
books in Russia, has not appeared since November 20, 1948.
BOOKS IN PERIODICALS
To obtain a true concept of the progress of Yiddish litera-
ture in any period, it is essential that daily and weekly publi-
cations in that medium be considered as well. That great works
have appeared only in periodicals in the past is attested by Men-
dele Mocher Seforim’s
Dos Klayne Mentschele
, published in
1864 in A. Cederbaum’s weekly
Kol Mevaser
(Herald). More-
over, some of our writers actually seem to have developed cases
of bibliophobia; such examples include the master of Yiddish
song in America, Manni Leib, and the martyred Yiddish poet
of Warsaw, Israel Stern, whose profound, mystic songs of suffer-
ing have not yet been collected within covers.
A drama of Marrano life in the sixteenth century,
Nochn
Gott fun Midbar
(After the God of the Wilderness), by the poet
Kadya Molodovsky, was printed in the
Yiddisher Kempfer
,
New York. On May 1, 1948, the
Forwarts
printed the 203d
and final chapter of
Di Familie Mushkat
(The Family Mushkat),
by the highly skilled Yiddish novelist, Isaac Bashevis (born
1904). This story, which would cover 1,200 pages in book form,
is an epic of all the classes of Warsaw Jewry for several decades
before the recent World War. However, none of Bashevis’ works
have as yet appeared in book format.
The Yiddish press also printed a number of important mar-
tyrological works.
IN THE UNITED STATES
American production of Yiddish books, both artistic and
scholarly, has been of a distinguished nature. The Louis LaMed
Foundation will have difficulty in choosing its current prize-
winners for the American continent. Last year Aaron Leyeless
won the poetry prize, and American-born David Opatoshu won
the prize for a work in prose.
In poetry, there have appeared both new works and new
editions of formerly printed compositions. J. J. Schwartz, famed
for his lyric gift, reissued his outstanding
Kentucky
with addi-
tional poems (Jewish National Workers’ Alliance). Berish Wein-
stein, realist, published
Lieder un Poemes
(Songs and Poems).