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May 26, 1961 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1961-05-26

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character the music critic Jen-
nings, has the characteristics
of the late George Jean Nathan,
who also was associated with
Angoff and Mencken on the old
Mercury staff. Jennings is re-
vealed as a Jew who hid his
Jewishness, but as a, brilliant
drama critic. There is, thus, a
close likeness to G. J. Nathan
in this character in the book
who constantly was befriending
one actress after. another.
"The Bitter Spring" has many
likenesses to Angoff's earlier
works. As in his previous writ-
ings, Angoff seeks the positive
in Jewish life. He treats Jewish
subjects with great respect. He
shows an interest in and a
knowledge of Zionism, the
various branches of Judaism,
the Jews who make up the
average Jewish community. He
has nostalgic feelings for the
early immigrants and their
ways, and he describes them
with respect and awe, treating
their views with great dignity.
Whether it is his parents,


or Die Alte Bobe, or Chashel
or Der Kroomer or Der Kloo-
ger, Angoff approaches the
characters in the early life
of David Polonsky, in Boston,
with kindness.
Similarly, in order to empha-
size the influence of his environ-
ment upon Polonsky, Angoff
uses many Yiddish expressions
in his novel.
Angoff does more than that.
He discusses various Jewish
problems, the attitudes of youth
and those among them who seek
to escape their Jewishness, the
issues revolving around inter-
marriage and many other as-
pects of Jewish life.
He 'compares Orthodoxy with
Reform and Conservative ten-
dencies and he frankly prefers
the Orthodox way of life.
This novel deals with the
era of the 1929 depression,
the stock market crash, the
suicides, the apple vending.
Angoff recalls vividly the
events of that crucial period
and he describes them with


great skill.

"The Bitter Spring" is a well-
written and an interesting novel.
It is a bit too long and many
of the Yiddish expressions will
fall on- unknowing eyes and
ears. Some are phonetically mis-
written. But the positiveness
of the author's Jewish ap-
proaches, his sympathetic atti-
tudes, his humanitarianism,
make his work stand out and
will cause the readers to await
with interest the coming of the
continuing David Polonsky
story in the next in this series
of new Angoff novels.

Israeli Prime Minister David
Ben Gurion, in a message to
George Meany, president of the
American Federation of Labor
and C o n g r e s s of Industrial
Organizations, expressed appre-
ciation to the American labor
leader for his friendship to
Histadrut, the Israel labor fed-
eration whose 40th anniversary
will be mar
inner June 4.
y will be guest of honor
, which will
•ed by undreds of
erican labor leaders, public
figures and two high ranking
Albert . Einstein C
ge Israeli diplomats — Ambassad
Avraham Hrand
Gets $1,000,000 • ift
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Those who know the back-
ground of novelist and literary
critic Charles Angoff, and who
have read his earlier novels,
will recognize at once that
his new novel, "The Bitter
Spring," published by Thomas
Yoseloff (11 E. 36th, N.Y. 16)
is autobiographical.
It also is evident at once that
one of the major characters in
the novel, Harry P. Brandt, is
none other than the late H. L.
Mencken in the days when he was
editor of the American Mercury,
and that the American World
for which the hero of the novel,
David Polonsky, worked, is the
Like Angoff's earlier novels,
"The Bitter Spring" deals
with the life of David Polon-
sky. It starts, like the earlier
novels, in Boston, and with
David's graduation from Har-
vard, and then leads him to
New York, his job on the
World (Mercury), his experi-
ences with Brandt (Mencken).
Another apparent "Jewish"

Ben-Gurion Cites George
Meany for Friendship
to Israel's Histadrut

3ls1 IISIAlar IIOILITI aiu

Angoff's Novel Autobiographical; Reveals Mencken's Idiosyncrasies

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