The Book of Delight and Other...

The book contains eight chapters of an absorbing text, including The Book of Delight, A Visit to Hebron, Medieval Mayfaring, and Marriages Are Made in Heaven.

“ the book of delight” 10 records of the early part of the thirteenth centu-ry. The folk- lore interest of the book is, indeed, greater than was known formerly, for it is now recognized as a variant of the Solomon- Marcolf legend. On this more will be said below. As a poet and as a writer of Hebrew, Joseph Zabara’s place is equally significant. He was one of the first to write extended narratives in He-brew rhymed prose with interspersed snatches of verse, the form invented by Arabian poets, and much esteemed as the medium for story- telling and for writing social satire. The best and best-known specimens of this form of poetry in He-brew are Charizi’s Tachkemoni, and his translation of Hariri. Zabara has less art than Charizi, and far less technical skill, yet in him all the qualities are in the bud that Charizi’s poems present in the full-blown flower. The reader of Zabara feels that oth-er poets will develop his style and surpass him; the reader of Charizi knows of a surety that in him the style has reached its climax. Of Joseph Zabara little is known beyond what may be gleaned from a discriminating study of the “ Book of Delight.” That this romance is largely autobiographical in fact, as it is in form, there can be no reasonable doubt. The poet writes with so   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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FRONT MATTERTitle PageCopyrightPrefaceCONTENTSI. The Book of DelightIn Dispraise of WomanThe Journey Begun by Joseph and EnanThe Night's RestTable TalkThe City of EnanQuestion And AnswerJoseph Returns Home to BarcelonaII. A Visit to HebronIII. The Solace of BooksIV. Medieval WayfaringV. The Fox's HeartVI. Marriages Are Made in HeavenVII. Hebrew Love SongsVIII. A Handful of Curiositiesi. George Eliot and Solomon Maimonii. How Milton Pronounced Hebrewiii. The Cambridge Platonistsiv. The Anglo-Jewish Yiddish Literary Societyv. The Mystics and Saints of Indiavi. Lost Purim Joysvii. Jews and Lettersviii. The Shape of MatzothNotesIndex
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