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Kentucky, Kentucky, 0817351434, 0-8173-5143-4, 978-0-8173-5143-4, 9780817351434,

Kentucky
by I. J. Schwartz

Quality Paper
2004. 256 pp.
978-0-8173-5143-4
Price:  $34.95 s

An epic poem about life in America in the early 20th century, as perceived by a Jewish immigrant.

Kentucky is the first major work in Yiddish literature to present America as its primary theme. The long epic poem paints a rich picture of life in Kentucky just after the Civil War. Written between 1918 and 1922 by Lithuanian-born writer, I. J. Schwartz, it first appeared in the Yiddish journal Zukunft and later, in 1925, was published as a book. Although unknown to English readers until this translation, the book was a primary text for immigrants and potential immigrants in places as remote as Poland and Argentina who received their first impressions of America from its pages. Parts of it were even set to music and sung in choruses around the world.


I. J. Schwartz was born in Lithuania in 1885 and emigrated to New York in 1906.

 

 


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