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Born in the Ukraine in 1896, and settling in Montreal in 1910, Segal became one of the first Yiddish writers in Canada. His poetry, infused with lyricism and mysticism, along with the numerous essays and articles he penned, embodied both a rich literary tradition and the modernism of his day.

Pierre Anctil has written so much more than a biography. For the first time, Segal’s poetic production is referenced, translated and rigorously analyzed, and includes over 100 pages of appendices, shedding light on the artistic, spiritual, cultural and historical importance of his oeuvre. By introducing the reader to the poet’s work through previously unpublished translations, Anctil demonstrates that in many respects it reflects the history of the Jewish immigrants who arrived in North America from Russia, the Ukraine and Poland at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as the tragic experiences of Jewish intellectual refugees of the interwar period.

This admirably written, sweeping yet subtle, work will appeal both to scholars and to a broader audience. 

The original French version was awarded the prestigious 2014 Canada Prize in the Humanities by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Translator’s Note
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface: A Quebec Lyric Poet
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Chapter 1: Arrival in Montreal
  2. pp. 13-74
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  1. Chapter 2: Leaving Korets
  2. pp. 75-128
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  1. Chapter 3: First Literary Success
  2. pp. 129-188
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  1. Chapter 4: Toward a Golden Age
  2. pp. 189-246
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  1. Chapter 5: The “Years of Lead”: The Holocaust and Its Aftermath
  2. pp. 247-310
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 311-324
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  1. Appendices 1 to 33
  1. Appendix 1: J. I. Segal’s responses to the questionnaire of the Jewish Writers Club [Yud lamed peretz shrayber farayn], New York, 1923
  2. pp. 327-328
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  1. Appendix 2: In Shop
  2. p. 329
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  1. Appendix 3: Help
  2. pp. 330-331
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  1. Appendix 4: In My Little Town
  2. p. 332
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  1. Appendix 5: The Fundamental Principles of the Jewish Socialist Labor Party Poale-Zion
  2. p. 333
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  1. Appendix 6 : Autobiography of Hannaniah Meir Caiserman
  2. p. 334
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  1. Appendix 7: Jewish Immigration to Canada, 1901–1931
  2. pp. 335-336
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  1. Appendix 8: Total Jewish Population in Canada, 1901–1931
  2. pp. 337-339
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  1. Appendix 9: Di verk fun Yud Yud Segal [the work of J. I. Segal]
  2. p. 340
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  1. Appendix 10: “Biography of J. I. Segal”
  2. H. M. Caiserman
  3. pp. 341-342
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  1. Appendix 11: Fun mayn mames shvel [From my mother’s threshold]
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. pp. 343-344
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  1. Appendix 12: Di shtot iz mayn dorf… [The city is my village…]
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. p. 345
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  1. Appendix 13: I
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. p. 346
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  1. Appendix 14: Kritik vegn Yud Yud Segal [reviews of J. I. Segal’s work]
  2. pp. 347-348
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  1. Appendix 15: Mount Royal
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. p. 349
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  1. Appendix 16: In mayn shtub [In my room]
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. p. 350
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  1. Appendix 17: “O Montreal!”
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. p. 351
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  1. Appendix 18: “Dayn ondenkn, mayn Tsharnele [In your memory, my little Tsharna]”
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. p. 352
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  1. Appendix 19: In nayer voynung [In my new home] (excerpt)
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. p. 353
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  1. Appendix 20: New York – Korets (excerpt)
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. p. 354
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  1. Appendix 21: Translation into yiddish of excerpts from the poetry of Pamphile Lemay
  2. H. M. Caiserman
  3. pp. 355-356
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  1. Appendix 22: Table of Contents H. M. Caiserman Idishe dikhter in kanade (Jewish Poets in Canada)
  2. pp. 357-358
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  1. Appendix 23: Tsum strayk [To the strike] (excerpt)
  2. Moyshe-Leib Halpern
  3. p. 359
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  1. Appendix 24: Azoy zingt mir Got in oyer (This Is How God Sings in My Ear)
  2. Jacob Isaac Segal
  3. p. 360
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  1. Appendix 25: Footsteps
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. p. 361
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  1. Appendix 26: Tishre
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. p. 362
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  1. Appendix 27: Loyterkayt [Purity]
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. p. 363
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  1. Appendix 28: Vayse velt [White world]
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. p. 364
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  1. Appendix 29: Shpet herbst in Montreal (Late Autumn Montreal)
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. p. 365
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  1. Appendix 30: Fun bal-shem-tov biz haynt [From the Baal Shem Tov to today]
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. p. 366
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  1. Appendix 31: Tkhine [A Yiddish prayer]
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. p. 367
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  1. Appendix 32: Light of Old [Altlikht]
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. p. 368
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  1. Appendix 33: Idish lishmo [For the sake of Yiddish]
  2. J. I. Segal
  3. pp. 369-370
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  1. Appendices A to I
  1. Appendix A: Poetry Collections Published by J. I. Segal
  2. p. 373
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  1. Appendix B: J. I. Segal’s Mailing Addresses
  2. p. 374
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  1. Appendix C: Published Articles by J. I. Segal: Partial Chronological List of Archival Documents
  2. pp. 375-383
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  1. Appendix D: Published Articles About J. I. Segal: Partial Chronological List of Archival Documents
  2. pp. 384-392
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  1. Appendix E: Members of the Yiddish Writers Association (Yidisher shrayber farayn) Montreal, c. 1941, with some addresses updated in 1945
  2. pp. 393-395
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  1. Appendix F: List of New Members of the Montreal Yiddish Writers’ Association (Yidisher shrayber farayn) 1942–1948, with addresses
  2. p. 396
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  1. Appendix G: Members of the Board of the J. I. Segal Foundation, Montreal, July 1954
  2. p. 397
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  1. Appendix H: H. M. Caiserman: Partial Chronological List of Published Articles
  2. pp. 398-401
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  1. Appendix I: Articles and Books about H. M. Caiserman
  2. pp. 402-404
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  1. General Bibliography
  2. pp. 405-412
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  1. Series Info
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780776625720
MARC Record
OCLC
1006958276
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2017-10-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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