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Past Events

Past EventsSunday, February 23

50 years of Fiddler on the Roof

Jeremy Dauber, Henry Goodman
Chair: Sophie Solomon

Update: Actor Henry Goodman, who played Tevye in the 2007 London stage version of Fiddler on the Roof joins the line-up for this event. 

We celebrate a half-century since the opening of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway, looking at the life of the musical on stage and screen and Sholem Aleichem’s Yiddish stories that inspired it. What is it about Fiddler’s winning combination of family, tradition and song that has had such a hold on the Jewish cultural imagination ever since?

Jeremy Dauber’s The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem: The Remarkable Life and Afterlife of the Man Who Created Teyve is the first comprehensive biography of one of the most beloved authors of all time, dubbed by The New York Times as “the Jewish Mark Twain”.

Praise for Dauber's book has included this from Nicole Krauss, who credits him with shining... "a light on what it means to be us: to be a Jew in this place and this time. It's an experience that might be almost painful if Dauber's book weren't so funny, sharp, profound, and utterly alive".

Jeremy Dauber is a professor of Yiddish literature at Columbia University, where he also serves as director of its Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies and teaches in the American Studies program. His previous books include In the Demon’s Bedroom: Yiddish Literature and the Early Modern and Antonio’s Devils: Writers of the Jewish Enlightenment and the Birth of Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature. He lives in New York, and lectures frequently on topics related to Jewish literature and American popular culture. jeremydauber.com

Sponsored by Nextbook and the Tablet

To buy books featured in this event please click hereTen per cent of all sale proceeds will go to Jewish Book Week, supporting the festival for future years.

Actor Henry Goodman appears as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, which opened on May 19, 2007 at the Savoy Theatre, London, produced by Kim Poster for Stanhope Productions. Photo Credit: Catherine Ashmore © 2007

 

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