The Yiddish Book Center's

Wexler Oral History Project

A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

Mendele and the Explosion of the Yiddish Literature

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Ted Steinberg, Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY Fredonia, speaks about his interest in Mendele Mocher Sforim (Sholem Yankev Abramovich) and the similarities between the rise of Yiddish literature in the nineteenth century and the rise of the English novel in the eighteenth.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Theodore (Ted) Steinberg.

This excerpt is in English.

Theodore (Ted) Steinberg was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1947.