Collected Writings: A Translation From Yiddish To English (Multilingual Edition)

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Includes a facsimile of the title page of the first publication of Goodman's book: Collected writings by Yoysef Gudman (Khayim Tshernov), published by Art and Literature Society, Winnipeg, Canada, 1919.

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JOSEPH J. GOODMAN wrote poems about love and heartbreak, stories telling of the difficulties of life, essays about the Canadian prairies and reflections about how life should be lived. Raised in a Russian shtetl, Goodman immigrated to the United States in the late 19th century and settled in the prairie provinces of Canada at the beginning of the 20th century. He was able to converse with the Slavic immigrants who were important to the construction of the transcontinental railroads and was appointed Naturalization Commissioner for Western Canada. He traveled widely and wrote for both English and Yiddish newspapers. Sensitive to the difficulties of immigrants, he describes the struggles of pioneering Jewish settlers in Canadian prairie homesteads and towns. The range of feelings and observations in Collected Writings reveals Goodman's keen eye for life as he laments cultural changes and social inequalities. Joseph Goodman was also dedicated to the Jewish people and the Zionist cause and became one of the best known and admired Jews in Western Canada. Joseph Goodman's Collected Writings is both a historical document and a personal testament.

It's always gratifying when lost works of literature are rediscovered, translated, annotated, and made accessible to new generations. This book gives voice to a remarkable person at a remarkable time and place, and goes a long way toward furthering our understanding of both Jewish and Canadian history.

--Aaron Lansky
President, Yiddish Book Center
Author of Outwitting History

JOSEPH J. GOODMAN was born Leyb Chernoff in Konotop, Russia, present day Ukraine, about 1863. He was one, and possibly the oldest, of fifteen children born to Isaac and Rose Cohen Chernoff. He was raised in Tsarist Russia, in an area designated as the Pale of Settlement. Circumstances prior to his emigration are unclear, but his writings display evidence of a rich, traditional, Orthodox Jewish education.

Joseph Goodman immigrated to New York between 1882 and 1891. His parents and six siblings, all bearing the name of Chernoff, immigrated to the United States in 1891, first settling in Philadelphia and then in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Only Joseph changed his name and went to Canada. There are two different family accounts about how Louis Chernoff became Joseph J. Goodman; he took the name of a neighbor's dead son and fl ed in order to escape the military draft; he was a revolutionary, was arrested and sent to Siberia, escaped, made his way to a Mediterranean Port, where he immigrated on the passport of a dead man Joseph J. Goodman.

When Joseph Goodman left Russia he was old enough to have seen how impoverished the Jewish population was, and he became an activist in Jewish causes. As a newspaper writer and a philanthropist, he became one of the best known and admired Jews in Western Canada. His remarkable work is presented in this collection for the first time in English translation.

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Book Description Xlibris Corporation. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 366 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 5.9in. x 1.0in.Collected Writings by Joseph J. Goodman A Book Found - A Life Revealed - A Legacy Preserved Enlightening and Touching--Long Lost Book Takes Readers on an Amazing Emotional and Historical Journey In 2008 Leah Hammer found her grandfathers book, Collected Writings, at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Gezamelte Shriften, published entirely in Yiddish in 1919, has now been translated into English and presented in this bilingual edition. Collected Writings turned out to be a remarkable collection of poetry, essays and stories, not only about the author, Joseph J. Goodman, but also about the Canadian Jewish immigrant experience. The editor of Collected Writings, Harriet Goodman Hoffman, also a granddaughter of Joseph Goodman, is a professional genealogist. Realizing a treasure had been discovered that would give his descendants an incredible opportunity to know their ancestor, she has researched and written an extensive chronology about Goodmans life, a biography of his Russian years, information about people and places mentioned in the text, the growth of the Canadian Jewish community, and the Yiddish language. Hoffmans work is a model of how to prepare and publish literary works discovered during genealogical research. Bilingual edition translated for the first time into English from the original Yiddish. For more than a thousand years, Yiddish was the language of Ashkenazi Jews. Unlike most languages spoken in particular areas, Yiddish at the height of its usage, was spoken by millions of Jews of different nationalities. This side-by-side Yiddish--English format of Collected Writings maintains the authors intention to preserve the Yiddish language. This presentation allows the authors work to be shown as it appeared in the original 1919 publication Harriet Goodman Hoffman, Joseph Goodmans granddaughter, is a professional genealogist. She has appended an extensive chronology of Josephs life, biographical information about his Russian and young adult years, sections about some of the people and places mentioned in the book, and a brief discussion about the Yiddish language. Hannah Berliner Fischthal, PhD, is an adjunct Professor of English at St. Johns University, New York. In addition to having published widely about Yiddish and Jewish literature, she serves as a Yiddish translator for Jewishgen. org, and is co-Book Review Editor of Studies in American Jewish Literature (SAJL). Dr. H. B. Fischthal has provided a comprehensive Translators Introduction for the text. Collected Writings by J. J. Goodman is a remarkable text. The author probably valued his poetry the most. . . Yet I believe that it is as a Jewish settler in Canada, as an intellectual and a writer, as a reporter of the provinces in the early twentieth century, that he reaches his greatest heights-- Hannah Berliner Fischthal From Translators Introduction This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9781453538159

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