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Sanctuary in the Wilderness: A Critical Introduction to American Hebrew Poetry

Alan Mintz


The effort to create a serious Hebrew literature in the United States in the years around World War I is one of the best-kept secrets of American Jewish history. Hebrew had been revived as a modern literary language in nineteenth-century Russia and then taken to Palestine as part of the Zionist revolution. But the overwhelming majority of Jewish emigrants from Eastern Europe settled in America, and a passionate kernel among them believed that Hebrew provided the vehicle for modernizing the Jewish people while maintaining their connection to Zion. These American Hebraists created schools, journ ... More

Keywords: American Hebrew poetry, Hebrew literature, American Jewish history, Hebrew, American Hebraism, Israel, Palestine, America, Jewish people, secular poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804762939
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804762939.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Mintz, author