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J EW I S H BOOK ANNUAL
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S
e l e y
, S
t e p h e n
.
Baxter Bernstein. New York, Scribner’s, 1949. 239 p.
This is an experimental novel about a young Jewish semi-intellectual
degenerate who wants to be a writer and, at the same time, hates being a Jew.
S
t e i n
, H
a n a
.
The wedding. New York, A. A. Wyn, 1950. 250 p.
In this first novel, which describes in great detail an Orthodox Jewish
wedding, Hana Stein exploits the opportunity to offer an insight into many
Jewish traditions, some of which make for conflicts in modern-day living.
S
t i l w e l l
, H
a r t
.
Campus town. New York, Doubleday, 1950. 273 p.
Ha r t Stilwell is a Texan who writes exciting novels dealing with minority
groups struggling for equality as Americans. In
Campus Town
his theme is
the fight of a college student in a Southern university who grapples with the
KKK. Included in the book are an intelligent Jewish professor, a youngster
who finally sees what is wrong with the Klan and the idealistic hero who
realizes that the fomenting of hatred is bound to lead to tragedy.
V
a n
P
r a a g
, V
a n
.
Day without end. New York, Sloane, 1949. 261 p.
This is a combat novel, in which the leader of a platoon in Normandy,
Paul Roth, finally cracks up under the strain of the invasion. One of the
memorable soldiers in this vivid book is Greenberg, a scout who carries on his
work with superb efficiency.
W
i l d e r
, R
o b e r t
.
Wait for tomorrow. New York, Pu tnam, 1950. 297
p .
In this fast-moving narrative of a newspaperman who works as a press
agent for a Fascist king seeking entry into the United States, the author
describes a group of Jews, including a rich, self-made man who has a Gentile
mistress; a couple of D P ’S waiting in Mexico for entry to America. He also
offers a passage in which a liberal Congressman admits tha t if he were to
campaign on an anti-Jewish ticket he would more or less be sure of winning
reelection. Fortunately, he hasn’t had to make the choice of condemning
Jews in order to keep his seat.
W
i l s o n
, D
o r o t h y
C
l a r k e
.
Prince
o f
Egypt. Philadelphia, Westminster, 1949.
423 p.
Mrs. Wilson, who has written a few historical-biblical fiction works, has
done an exciting novel about Moses and his life as an Egyptian prince and his
development as a leader among the Israelites.
W
i l s o n
, M
i t c h e l l
.
Live with lightning. Boston, Little, Brown, 1949. 404
p .
In this novel, which deals with atomic research, one of the major characters,
Hugo Fabermacher, is a Jew who, in the end, commits suicide. Fabermacher
is drawn as a brilliant theoretician, the kind of man largely responsible for
the startling achievements in recent years in physics. He is driven from a
university post because he is a Jew and when he realizes th a t in Washington
he is considered subversive (a false label) and cannot expunge th a t smear,
he kills himself. Irving Zaritsky, a frustrated, ingenious inventor, is a second
interesting Jew in this novel, a Literary Guild selection which sold more than
half-a-million copies.