Alyssa Quint


Tracing the History of Jewish Autobiography

By Alyssa Quint

Being for Myself Alone:

Origins of Jewish Autobiography By Marcus Moseley Stanford University Press, 650 pages, $70. * * *‘This is the Life Story of Judah Aryeh…. Few and evil have been the days of my life in this world… on Monday the 28th day of Nissan — corresponding to the 23d day of April 5331 — between theRead More


Beyond Bubbeleh: Reading Real Yiddish

By Alyssa Quint

These days, books about Yiddish have been hamming it up for the mainstreamers. A slew of new books have arrived to decode the cultural essence of the language of Ashkenazic Jewry for an audience of non-Jews and Jews (both of whom appear equally innocent of Yiddish these days). “Yiddish With Dick and Jane” is only the most ingenious andRead More


Asch’s Diamonds

By Alyssa Quint

Maybe it’s the fallacy that rewarding literature must be difficult that explains why no scholar has lingered in the literary universe of Polish-born American Yiddish novelist and playwright Sholem Asch (1880-1957). Asch, who published alongside Isaac Bashevis Singer and other luminaries in the Yiddish Forward, was considered a masterRead More


Beyond Research: Ansky’s Chronicle of Tenderness

By Alyssa Quint

The Enemy at His Pleasure: A Journey Through the Jewish Pale of Settlement During World War I By S. AnskyEdited and Translated By Joachim Neugroschel Metropolitan Books, 352 pages, $30. * * *On January 1, 1915, an article was published in a Warsaw-based Yiddish newspaper that appealed to its readers to record their experiences: WeRead More


Sealed Mit a Kiss: Yiddish Love Poems

By Alyssa Quint

Simkhe: epistolarishe libe-lider (Celebration: Love-letter Poems) By Troim Katz Handler, translated by Shimon Beyles International Association of Yiddish Clubs, 73 pages, $18. * * *No one who has drunk from the cup of Sappho, much less from the bounty of today’s literary erotica, will blush over “Simkhe: epistolarishe libe-lider,”Read More






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