Stanford University Press (2014)
A Question of Tradition
REVIEWS OF A QUESTION OF TRADITION:
3/8/15 Philadelphia Inquirer, reviewed by Elizabeth Martins:
Aside from the alluring treasury of poems this book holds, it is also a magnum opus unto itself. Author Kathryn Hellerstein, professor of Yiddish in the department of Germanic languages and literature at the University of Pennsylvania, worked on it for about 25 years. So it is not surprising that she writes with such powerful authority about poems that seem to be gushing with life.
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1/15/15 Cleaver Magazine, reviewed by Alyssa Quint:
A Question of Tradition ( Kathryn Hellerstein ) was reviewed in Cleaver Magazine 1/13/15.
"Women’s Yiddish poetry finally gets its scholarly due from Kathryn Hellerstein, long-time champion of the female Yiddish poetic voice, in her comprehensive and accessible account, A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586–1987
. . . Hellerstein’s book is comprehensive, supplying the biographical details of six important poets’ lives in one volume for the first time. Letters she quotes are revealing. . . . [Hellerstein's] book provides an amplitude to the discussion of these women that was previously denied them. The translations, accurate in meaning and still with the effortlessness of poetic language, capture the urgency of their voices. And Hellerstein’s book lays to rest any question of tradition; it is there: inflected by prayer as the book’s framework suggests, but also colored by difficult lives and a confidence born of their survival."—Alyssa Quint, Cleaver Magazine
A "wonderful poet" "excellently translated" from Yiddish.
–The New Republic
Yiddish poems from Halpern’s 1919 book in English verse translation.
The most comprehensive anthology of Jewish American Literature ever published.