Bibliography (Jerusalem: Tamir Publishers). The editors of the 1995 anthology wisely chose lucid selective information for their articulate introduction. The short glossary of recurrent terms from Jewish life (pp. 427-432) may be useful for the student, offering assistance to the reader who is not rooted in Judaism (it includes, for example, "challah," "Eretz Yisrael," "Hanukkah," "mitzva," "Passover," "Purim," "Torah," and lessknown terms). In the notes (pp. 410-426) to particular references in the individual story the reader will find allusions and other clarifying remarks. The stories are organized in categories of six sections: The Signature Story, Tales of Childhood, The Artist in the Land of Israel, The Ancestral World: The Epic Life of One Town, Stories of Germany, and The Search for Meaning. The general introduction (pp. 3-29) provides background for each category and connections between Agnon's literary work, the Jewish historical events of his time, and his biography. In addition to this general introduction, there is an introduction to each one of the six categories, which is designed to help the student focus on important elements in the stories and are not intended to replace close detailed interpretation of the text. The editors, Alan Mintz, a professor of
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Published: Oct 3, 1996
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