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America’s Rebel Yiddish Poets
Edited by Amelia Glaser and David Weintraub
Translated by Amelia Glaser
Introduction by Dovid Katz, with illustrations by Dana Craft

A useful and significant resource for scholars, students and teachers of Yiddish and American poetry, of Jewish and American history.”
—Kathryn Hellerstein, University of Pennsylvania

Winner of the Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies for Outstanding Translation and a Choice Outstanding Academic Title

This unique anthology translates for the first time a little-known body of Yiddish poetry by American Yiddish proletarian writers who identified with the American Left from the 1920s to the early 1950s. Dovid Katz explains how a McCarthy-era “American Yiddish Political Correctness” wrote these leftist poets out of the canon. Amelia Glaser and David Weintraub correct this erasure, recovering the work of thirty poets. Proletpen introduces the reader to an untold chapter of America’s tumultuous history during the pre- and interwar period, revealing the depth and power of Yiddish literature through the backdrop of twentieth-century world politics.

Amelia Glaser received her Ph.D in comparative literature from Stanford University. Formerly a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Institute and University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, she is currently a visiting lecturer in Yiddish Language and Literature at Stanford. David Weintraub is executive director of the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture. The Center is in the forefront of revitalizing and reenergizing the Yiddish language, helping to reveal the rich Yiddish culture and language once so basic to Jewish life.

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cover of Proletpen shows and old photo of an American city street

July 2005

LC: 2004025729 PJ
192 pp.  6 x 9  20 b/w illus.

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ISBN 978-0-299-20804-2
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