The Jewish King Lear Comes to America

By: Gordin, Jacob

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The "Jewish King Lear," written by the Russian-Jewish writer Jacob Gordin, was first performed on the New York stage in 1892, during the height of a massive emigration of Jews from eastern Europe to America. This book presents the original play to the English-speaking reader for the first time in its history, along with substantive essays on the play's literary and social context, Gordin's life and influence on Yiddish theater, and the anomalous position of Yiddish culture vis-a-vis the treasures of the Western literary tradition.
Gordin's play was not a literal translation of Shakespeare's play, but a modern evocation in which a Jewish merchant, rather than a king, plans to divide his fortune among his three daughters. Created to resonate with an audience of Jews making their way in America, Gordin's "King Lear" reflects his confidence in rational secularism and ends on a note of joyful celebration.

Title: The Jewish King Lear Comes to America

Author Name: Gordin, Jacob

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Yale University Press:

ISBN Number: 0300108753

ISBN Number 13: 9780300108750

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: Z0300108753Z3

Description: 0300108753 GOOD - This is a hurt hardcover book with some tearing, scuffing, bumping, creasing and a torn dust jacket. Still, it is fully usable and the flaws are only cosmetic.