Finding the Jewish Shakespeare
The Life and Legacy of Jacob Gordin
By (author) Beth Kaplan
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Finding the Jewish Shakespeare by Beth Kaplan
Book DescriptionIn this revelatory biography, Beth Kaplan sets out to explore the true character and creative achievements of her great-grandfather Jacob Gordin, playwright extraordinaire and icon of the Yiddish stage. Born of an Anglican mother and a Jewish father who disdained religion, Kaplan knew little of her Judaic roots and less about her famed great-grandfather until beginning her research, more than twenty years ago. Shedding new light on Gordin and his world, Kaplan describes the commune he founded and led in Russia, his meteoric rise among Jewish New York's literati, the birth of such masterworks as Mirele Efros and The Jewish King Lear, and his seething feud with Abraham Cahan, powerful editor of the "Daily Forward". Writing in a graceful and engaging style, she recaptures the Golden Age and colorful actors of Yiddish Theater from 1891-1910. Most significantly she discovers the emotional truth about the man himself, a tireless reformer who left a vital legacy to the theater and Jewish life worldwide.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815608844
(235mm x 156mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 15-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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An illuminating inside look at the life and times of playwright and author Jacob Gordin, a central presence in the Golden Age of Yiddish theatre.
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Author Biography - Beth Kaplan
Beth Kaplan is a writer and actress in Canada. She teaches essay writing at Ryerson University in Toronto. Her own essays have appeared in the Globe and Mail and other newspapers and magazines.
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