An exploration of global Jewish responses to the years 1939 to 1973, a time of unprecedented destruction, dislocation, agency, and creativity. The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization Volume 9 covers the years 1939 to 1973, a period that editors Kassow and Roskies call "one of the most tragic and dramatic in Jewish history." Organized geographically and then by genre, this book details Jewish cultural and intellectual resources throughout this era, particularly in political thought, literature, the visual and performing arts, and religion. This volume explores worldwide Jewish perceptions of momentous events that transpired in the mid-twentieth century and how Jews redefined themselves across regions throughout an era rife with tragedy, displacement, and dispersion. The breadth and depth of this work goes beyond any comparable collection, with detailed insights and sharp focus to accompany its breathtaking scope. A major, ten-volume anthology project more than a decade in the making, the Posen Library is an ideal reference tool for scholars, teachers, and students at all levels.
Tracing the days of the writer edging into middle age, the 888 poems presented in volume four of The Complete Poems of Louis Daniel Brodsky offer a glimpse into the frenzied life of a man compelled, by his discipline and inner passion, to capture the elements of his existence and explode them upon the page ... Startlingly honest and bristling with the energy of Brodsky's discontent, this book records the poet gaining momentum, as a writer, even as his personal life spirals out of control. --Time Being Books.
During the California Gold Rush, many of the miners and merchants who hoped to strike it rich in California left behind letters and journals that provide valuable insights into one of the great migrations in American history. Of all the journals and diaries left behind, William B. Lorton's is perhaps the most informative and complete. Although known to historians for decades, Lorton's journal has never been published. In this volume, LeRoy and Jean Johnson bring Lorton's writings to life with meticulous research and commentary that broadens the context of his narrative. Lorton's work is revealing and entertaining. It captures glimpses of a growing Salt Lake City, the hardships of Death Valley, and the extraordinary and mundane aspects of daily life on the road to gold. With resilience and a droll sense of humor, Lorton shares accounts of life-threatening stampedes, dangerous hailstorms, mysteriously moving rocks, and slithering sidewinders. The inclusion of images, maps, and the editors' detailed notes make this a volume that will entertain and inform.
"Troubadour on the Road to Gold is a true, western adventure story with lots of action and rich detail. William Lorton's spritely, detailed, and insightful journal is a delight, yet moving at the same time. He gives insight rarely found in a young man into daily trail life from the Mississippi River to southern California, by way of Salt Lake City, in the early gold rush of 1849. Additional information is added in his letters from the trail to The New York Sun newspaper. Only a couple other diarists approach Lorton's deep level of detail about the Southern Route from SLC to LA. He is an active observer who exposes the damage done from stampedes, notes variations among the Indians, feels the pleasure of a river swim in the hot sun, appreciates a beautiful sunset or a rampaging hail storm, and he provides entertaining sketches of locations that interested him. He graphically describes his disastrous "walkabout" into uncharted Nevada desert that only four dozen other men experienced before retreating to the Old Spanish Trail. He reveals his scientific curiosity in vivid descriptions of a sidewinder rattle snake, mysteriously moving rocks on a desert playa, or microscopic fairy shrimp in an ephemeral lake. Lorton is a likable fellow with a droll sense of humor who entertains the camp with his rich singing voice and ability to play the violin. At the same time he can cook, clean, or chase oxen while being stoic about getting a foot damaged when trampled in a stampede, having all his bacon stolen by the Indians, or having to shoot his faithful horse. He represents the best traits a man can possess-resilience in adversity, a positive attitude, and an active participant in the society he finds himself in, be it a Mormon home or a wagon mess on the trail"--