Vagabond Stars: A World History of Yiddish Theater / Edition 1

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This book is the unusual blend of impeccable scholarship and hilarious backstage anecdote. The vividness of the book is enhanced by a collection of 125 rare illustrations- pictures of actors, scenes from plays and films, posters, newspaper cartoons, and other memorabilia.
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Jewish Book World
Impeccable scholarship and hilarious backstage anecdotes coupled with many rare photographs make this a distinctive work. It is the story of the development of the Yiddish theatre from the 16th century on as presented by Ashkenazic Jews of Central and Eastern Europe. It ends with the Yiddish theatre in America since World War II. It also looks at its influential role in the totality of Yiddish culture.
Library Journal
"Sandrow has gloriously re-created the world of the Yiddish theater from the Purim plays of the 1700s in Eastern Europe to the current state of the art in the United States and throughout the world" (LJ 8/77). The book was further praised as scholarly and informative.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815603290
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Series: Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music and Art Ser.
  • Edition description: 1st Syracuse University Press ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration
1 Purim Plays 1
2 Dramas of the Enlightenment 21
3 Avrom Goldfadn 40
4 "Vagabond Stars" 70
5 Shund and Popular Theater 91
6 Jacob Gordin 132
7 The New Repertory 164
8 The Art Theaters 203
9 The Soviet Yiddish State Theaters: Goset 222
10 Twentieth-Century America 251
11 Poland Between the Wars 303
12 In the Ghettos and Camps 337
13 Yiddish Theater Since the War 351
14 Yiddish Theater in America Since the War 386
Epilogue 412
Glossary 420
Bibliography 423
Index 428
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