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Yiddish Research: Short Stories in Translation

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Short Stories in Translation

Short Stories in Translation - Anthologies


Here are some of the major anthologies of Yiddish short stories in English translation. To explore more in the catalog, use the subject headings:

Short stories, Yiddish -- Translations into English.

Yiddish literature -- Translations into English.


Bark, Sandra. Beautiful as the moon, radiant as the stars : Jewish women in Yiddish stories. Introduction by Francine Prose. New York : Warner Books, c2003.

Anthology of Yiddish stories in translation, written by and about women.


Forman, Frieda, et al, eds. Found Treasures: Stories by Yiddish women writers. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1994.
Includes extensive glossary, scholarly introduction with bibliography, biographies and original publication information.


Frakes, Jerold C., ed. and tr. Early Yiddish Epic. Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, 2014.

Translated epics from early Yiddish literature, with bibliographical references.


Frieden, Ken, ed. Classic Yiddish stories of S.Y. Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem, and I.L. Peretz. Translated by Ken Frieden, Ted Gorelick, and Michael Wex. Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2004.

Compilation of translated works by the three classic Yiddish writers.


Glinter, Ezra, ed. Have I got a story for you : more than a century of fiction from the Forward; introduction by Dara Horn. New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2017] A contemporary collection of Yiddish stories originally published in the Forverts, including many stories written by women.


Goldberg, Itche. Yiddish stories for young people. New York, Kinderbuch Publishers, 1966; 1987.  Anthology.


Howe, Irving and Eliezer Greenberg, eds. A Treasury of Yiddish Stories. New York: Viking, 1989.
This massive compilation of all male authors includes a scholarly introduction and short biographies.


Stromberg, David, ed. In the Land of Happy Tears: Yiddish Tales for Modern Times. New York : Delacorte Press, [2018]


Tregebov, Rhea. Arguing with the Storm: Stories by Yiddish Women Writers. New York : Feminist Press, 2008.

With introduction by Kathryn Hellerstein and bibliography.


Udel, Miriam, transl., ed. Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Children's LiteratureNew York : New York University Press, 2020.


Wisse, Ruth. A shtetl and other Yiddish novellas. New York, Behrman House [1973]; Wayne State University Press,
1986. A collection of translated Yiddish novellas, with notes and introduction by Ruth Wisse.