Finding the Jewish Shakespeare: The Life and Legacy of Jacob Gordin (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art)

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In this revelatory biography, Beth Kaplan sets out to explore the true character and creative achievements of her great-grandfather Jacob Gordin, playwright extraordinaire and icon of the Yiddish stage.

Born of an Anglican mother and a Jewish father who disdained religion, Kaplan knew little of her Judaic roots and less about her famed great-grandfather until beginning her research, more than twenty years ago. Shedding new light on Gordin and his world, Kaplan describes the commune he founded and led in Russia, his meteoric rise among Jewish New York’s literati, the birth of such masterworks as Mirele Efros and The Jewish King Lear, and his seething feud with Abraham Cahan, powerful editor of the Daily Forward. Writing in a graceful and engaging style, she recaptures the Golden Age and colorful actors of Yiddish Theater from 1891 – 1910. Most significantly she discovers the emotional truth about the man himself, a tireless reformer who left a vital legacy to the theater and Jewish life worldwide.

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Beth Kaplan is a writer and actress in Canada. She teaches essay writing at Ryerson University in Toronto. Her own essays have appeared in the Globe and Mail and other newspapers and magazines. Visit Beth Kaplan’s website at www.BethKaplan.ca

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Jacob Gordin (1853-1909) was the author of Mirele Efros,The Jewish King Lear, A Russian Jew in America, and many other plays, monologues, and sketches. Mirele Efros completed Gordin's rise to the cultural high priesthood of New York's Lower East Side. He came to the U.S. from Russia in 1891, and for nearly two decades he would be a central presence in Yiddish theater, several of his plays becoming standard in the Yiddish repertoire. Kaplan, who is Gordin's great-granddaughter and spent 25 years researching the man, chronicles Gordin's life in Russia; his arrival and early days in New York City; his successful career as a playwright (Kaplan calls it the Golden Age of Yiddish theater, from 1891 to 1910); Gordin's feud with Abraham Cahan, editor of the Daily Forward; and Gordin's legacy to the world and to his family. Kaplan's engaging and informative biography, the eleventh volume in the Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art series, brings the man and his creative work to life. George Cohen
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