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Finding the Jewish Shakespeare
The Life and Legacy of Jacob Gordin

Beth Kaplan

Paper $19.95    |    978-0-8156-0996-4    |    2012

Cloth $24.95    |    978-0-8156-0884-4    |    2007

"Kaplan’s engaging and informative biography, the eleventh volume in the Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art series, brings the man and his creative work to life."—Booklist

"Finding the Jewish Shakespeare brings back to literary life Jacob Gordin, a protean, prophetic, wickedly funny and absolutely serious theater artist, and, along with him, his great granddaughter Beth Kaplan resurrects the richness, magnificence and complexity of the world of Yiddish theater. This is a witty, shrewd and elegant book which tells a story of vital importance: how an impoverished, beleaguered immigrant culture begins to speak to itself, begins to find its agency by understanding itself through art, by finding its voice. In the process, Kaplan performs a smaller but invaluable service, namely detailing the life of a marvelous playwright, whose career makes a great story about making theater."—Tony Kushner

"A remarkably thorough and insightful biography. . . . With this wonderful and meticulously researched book, Kaplan has done much to revitalize Gordin’s memory."—Canadian Jewish News

"Admirably combines scholarly research, critical analysis, loving tribute and personal memoir."—Jerusalem Report

"A fascinating, original tale, elegantly written and a great read."—Aaron Lansky, founder and president, National Yiddish Book Centre

"A labor of love written over 25 years . . . this volume provides insights into Yiddish culture and the immigrant experience. Recommended."—Choice

  Finding the Jewish Shakespeare

  Beth Kaplan, award-winning actress and playwright, teaches memoir and personal essay writing at both the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. She has lectured in the U.S., England, France, and across Canada. In 2008, she delivered the Wexler Lecture in Jewish History in Washington, D.C.
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