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.

9 “ THE BOOK OF DELIGHT” Joseph Zabara has only in recent times received the consideration justly due to him. Yet his “ Book of Delight,” finished about the year 1200, is more than a poetical romance. It is a golden link be-tween folk- literature and imaginative poetry. The style is original, and the framework of the story is an altogether fresh adaptation of a famous leg-end. The anecdotes and epigrams introduced in-cidentally also partake of this twofold quality. The author has made them his own, yet they are most-ly adapted rather than invented. Hence, the poem is as valuable to the folklorist as to the literary critic. For, though Zabara’s compilation is similar to such well- known models as the “ Book of Sind-bad,” the Kalilah ve- Dimnah, and others of the same class, yet its appearance in Europe is half a century earlier than the translations by which these other products of the East became part of the popular literature of the Western world. At the least, then, the “ Book of Delight” is an important addition to the scanty store of the folk- lore   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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