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The Way Jews Lived: Five Hundred Years of Printed Words and Images
     

The Way Jews Lived: Five Hundred Years of Printed Words and Images

by Constance Harris
 

Intertwining history and art over five centuries, this detailed overview of Jewish culture and events focuses on how printed writings and artworks have reflected the perceptions of Jews by themselves and others. Filled with nearly 400 illustrations of woodcuts, engravings, etchings, lithographs, serigraphs and other visual works, it details the representation of

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Intertwining history and art over five centuries, this detailed overview of Jewish culture and events focuses on how printed writings and artworks have reflected the perceptions of Jews by themselves and others. Filled with nearly 400 illustrations of woodcuts, engravings, etchings, lithographs, serigraphs and other visual works, it details the representation of Jews and Jewish life chronologically while giving individual attention to the regions and countries in which Jews have lived in significant numbers. From editions of the Haggadah to portraits to anti–Semitic cartoons, diaries to newspapers to novels, it analyzes a vast array of works that both molded and revealed Jewish popular opinion.

Editorial Reviews

The Beverly Hills Courier
this book along with the amazing research the author has done, is the epitome of one picture says 1,000 words. This book is well worth the investment
Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
fascinating...well written...recommended
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“this book along with the amazing research the author has done, is the epitome of one picture says 1,000 words. This book is well worth the investment”—The Beverly Hills Courier; “fascinating...well written...recommended”—Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter; “In her riveting new work, The Way Jews Lived, author Connie Harris masterfully explores over six centuries of Jewish social history with keen eye and balanced perspective. This important study skillfully offers the reader a rare glimpse into the interconnection between complex world events and how Jewish life, with all its triumphs and challenges, is woven irrevocably through them. This enlightening book is a thorough, clearly organized examination which seems to leave no stone unturned, particularly in its fascinating analysis of the rise of anti–Semitism in 19th century central Europe. Sometimes inspiring, occasionally bittersweet, this collection which personifies the heroic struggle of our people is a consistently thought-provoking, entertaining read. I heartily recommend The Way Jews Lived to anyone, regardless of faith, who has a healthy appetite for knowledge.”—Rabbi Steven Weil, Senior Rabbi, Beth Jacob Congregation, Beverly Hills, California. “Constance Harris has discovered a trove of visual representations of Jews—rich and poor, prominent and humble—that illustrate the diversity of Jewish life in the early modern and modern world and the complex graphic responses it inspired. Some are the work of well-known artists, like George Gruikshank and James Whistler, while others are the work of unknown illustrators for the popular press. Whether polished or crude in their execution, they make concrete the contours of Jewish life as it was being transformed by the forces of modernity. Harris places them in the context of their times and provides the reader with the keys to understanding the often obscure symbolic shortcuts they employ.”—Todd Endelman, History Professor, University of Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786434404
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
12/30/2008
Pages:
477
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Constance Harris, a longtime collector of art prints and Judaica, divides her time between homes in Beverly Hills, California, and Birmingham, Michigan. She is the author of Portraiture in Prints (1987).

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