by Linda Lombardi, Literary Manager
Last weekend, we were joined by Jeremy Dauber, author of The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem: The Remarkable Life and Afterlife of the Man Who Created Tevye, for a post-show discussion on the evolution of the Tevye stories.
Hailed by the Huffington Post as one of that fall's hottest biographies, Jeremy's book received the Sophie Brody Honor Medal from the American Library Association and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. In addition to being the Atran Professor of Yiddish, Language, Literature and Culture at Columbia University, Jeremy is the Director of Columbia's Institute of Israel and Jewish Studies. His research interests include Yiddish literature of the early modern period, Hebrew and Yiddish literature of the nineteenth century, the Yiddish theater, and American Jewish literature and popular culture.
And he tells a great story of Sholem Aleichem and Mark Twain meeting at a party...
Watch an extended clip of Jeremy discussing Sholem Alecihem's hand in popularizing Yiddish as a literary language: