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Jacob Isaac Segal


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Translator’s Note
Preface: A Quebec Lyric Poet
CHAPTER 1 Arrival in Montreal Factory Work First Attempts at Writing In the Pages of Jewish Daily Eagle The Revelation of 1917 The Emergence of Yiddish Literature in Montreal Caiserman in Montreal The Poale Zion and the Founding of the Canadian Jewish Congress The Urgent Call of Zionism The Failed Russian Revolution of 1905 The Beginnings of a Jewish Proletariat in Montreal
CHAPTER 2 Leaving Korets The Dawn of 1918 Intimist Writing The Urban Aesthetic The Canadian Winter An Exemplary Influence  The Genesis of a Yiddish Poet The Korets Talmud Torah and Its Nigun First Literary Influences Segal’s Maternal Grandfather The Great Crossing
CHAPTER 3 First Literary Success Bazunder lider (1921) The New York Modernist Movement The Journal Nyuansn Under the Wing of Mani Leib Fun mayn shtub un mayn velt (1923)  Lider (1926) Caiserman, the First Yiddish Literary Critic The Canadian Landscape Following the Lead of the French-Canadian Poets An Emerging Literature
CHAPTER 4 Toward a Golden Age New Waves of Immigration The Crash of 1929 Literary Salons and Book Committees The Sinister Echoes of Nazism Idishe dikhter in kanade (1934) Caiserman as Literary Historian The Poet at His Peak The Great Mystical Watershed The Agnostic Poet Before God
CHAPTER 5 The “Years of Lead”: The Holocaust and Its Aftermath First Indications of Genocide The End of a World New Sources of Inspiration Looking Toward Montreal A Mystical Leap A Chorus of Praise The Contribution of the Holocaust Survivors The Ravitch Galaxy The Yiddish Writers Association Twilight Reflections The Final Exile

About the Author

Pierre Anctil est professeur mrite de l'Universit d'Ottawa, o il a enseign l'histoire canadienne contemporaine et l'histoire juive au Canada. Auteur prim, il est membre de la Socit Royale du Canada depuis 2012. Il a crit de nombreux ouvrages sur l'histoire de la communaut juive de Montral et sur les dbats actuels sur le pluralisme culturel au Canada.
Quelques titres rcents en anglais: History of the Jews in Quebec (2021) Jacob-Isaac Segal: A Montreal Yiddish Poet and His Milieu (2017) et A Reluctant Welcome for Jewish People: Voices in Le Devoir's Editorials, 19101947 (2019), tous publis aux Presses de l'Universit d'Ottawa.


A beautifully written and researched book abounding in grace, nuance and depth. volume 20 As Canada's most renownedYiddish poet and a celebratedfigure in Jewish letters, a full-length study of J.I. Segal is long overdue... This is the first monograph to appear that focuses specifically on Segal. ... A significantcontribution to our knowledge of Segal's life and writing... the extensive primarysource material offered by this encyclopedic work will be of greatvalue to those who seek to undertake a scholarly analysis that situates Segal within the wider context of Yiddish letters in Canada as well as internationally. -- Rebecca Margolis "Uncovering a Poet," Canadian Literature, Winter 2013, p. 131-132 "premiere etude systematique de ce poete celebre partout dans le monde yiddish au cours des annees 1930 (Vienne, Varsovie, New York, Buenos Aires), mais qui est demeure peu connu au Canada francais (et anglais). (...) le livre d'Anctil represente beaucoup plus qu'un ouvrage sur Segal puisque les lecteurs y puisent de l'information sur l'histoire et le milieu de provenance des Juifs, y compris la situation sociopolitique en Russie et dans les pays avoisinants. ... quelque cent pages d'annexes viennent completer l'imposant ouvrage, accompagne d'une bibliographie contenant, entre autres, les poemes de Segalcites dans les chapitres, des articles par et sur l'auteur ainsi que quelques correspondances." -- Yvonne Volki " Etudes critiques / Review Essays ", Histoire sociale / Social History, p. 557 "a beautifully written and researched book abounding in grace, nuance and depth" Canadian Jewish Studies, Volume 20, 2012 "According to Anctil Segal was the first poet in Quebec to embracemodern urbanity in his work. Consequently, he choses to focus on Segal's Montrealite, both the lens through which the poet's modernity is reflected and the repository of longing for the idealizedinnocence of the shietl. However, Segal also 'appropriates' Montreal by Yiddishizing it...This book is sure to resonate deeply with readers partly because the fragile memory of Segal, the reverred forgotten poet, is reminiscent of the fate of Yiddish culture itself...This intimate, compelling and scholarly collective portrait isessential for anyone interested in the inner life of the Jewish community, and in the immigrant experience in Montreal." -- Eve Lerner "Book Review | Compte rendu", CIS|EJC

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