Page 63 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 8 (1949-1950)

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RAVI TCH ---- AMONG RECENT YI DD I SH BOOKS
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no matter how valuable their works, writers who disappeared
from the Russian scene for obvious political reasons, are not
represented in the volume. The contributions, following the
then current Soviet line, are of importance for Yiddish literary
history. Most of the selections are praiseworthy; some, such
as those by David Bergelson and Peretz Markish, are truly
masterly.
Di Feder
(The Pen), literary journal edited by Aaron Karlin,
published an anthology of the arts, in which a hundred pages
are devoted to Abraham Raisin, dean of Yiddish poets in New
York. In Chicago, M. Gitzis and Solomon Schwartz put out
the fifth volume of their large
Literarishe Zamlungen
(Literary
Miscellanies).
A memorial volume to honor Leib Malach, poet who died in
Paris in 1936, was published in Los Angeles by his widow. I t
contains autobiographical prose pieces, poems, the drama “Mis-
sissippi,” and articles about the author. In the same city there
appeared a jubilee volume in honor of the seventieth birthday
of the gifted Yiddish poet, H. Rosenblatt.
Translations of the year run largely to renditions of ancient
Hebrew literature. Naphtali Gross, the poet who has undertaken
to translate the entire Bible, this past year published his Hebrew-
Yiddish
T'hilim
(Psalms) in fine format, eliciting much favorable
comparison with the previous version by Yehoash.
There are only five works of humor in the year’s list. These
include Gottesfeld’s
Abi Men Lebt
(So Long As One Is Alive);
Der Groisser Genitz Oder a Nudner Tog in New York
(The Big
Yawn or a Boring Day in New York), by Der Tunkeler, Pol-
ish humorist of the between wars period; Hirsch Rief’s post-
humous
LeChaim Yiddn
(To Life, Jews!); the Schocken pro-
duction in Latin characters of Immanuel Olsvanger’s
Royte
Pomerantzen
(Red Oranges); and Wolf Mercur’s anthology
in prose and verse, appropriately called
Mercuriosen.
Few books of memoirs were published during 1948-1949.
CYCO did print the first volume of the memoirs of Peretz Hirsh-
bein, noted playwright, called
In Gang fun Leben
(In Life’s
Course). Alexander Granach’s autobiography of the Galician
lad who became a famed Berlin actor,
Ot Geht a Mensch
(There
Goes a Man), was published by YKUF after the author’s death.
Other books of tales and memoirs were written by Moses Zucker —
Gut un Frurn
(Good and Pious); Fannie Edelman —
Der Shpiegel
fu n Leben
(Mirror of Life); and Rachel Kirsch-Haltman —
Mein
Lebensweg
(My Career).
Memorial works on Old World cities include the first volume
of Abraham Samuel Herschberg’s
Pinkas Bialystok
(Bialy-