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A life in letters, 1914-1982

Author: Gershom Scholem; Anthony David
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2002.
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"Perhaps the greatest scholar of Jewish mysticism in the twentieth century, Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) once said of himself, "I have no biography, only a bibliography." Yet, in thousands of letters written over his lifetime, Scholem's biography does unfold, inscribing a life that epitomized the intellectual ferment and political drama of an era. This selection of the best and most representative letters - drawn  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Briefsammlung 1914-1982
Correspondence
Named Person: Gershom Scholem; Gershom Gerhard Scholem; Gershom Scholem; Gershom Scholem
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gershom Scholem; Anthony David
ISBN: 0674006429 9780674006423
OCLC Number: 48131940
Description: vii, 547 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: I. A Jewish Zarathustra, 1914-1918 --
II. Unlocking the Gates, 1919-1932 --
III. Redemption through Sin, 1933-1947 --
IV. Master Magician Emeritus, 1948-1982 --
Notes --
Selected Bibliography --
Chronology --
Index.
Other Titles: Correspondence.
Gershom Scholem, a life in letters, 1914-1982
Responsibility: Gershom Scholem ; edited and translated by Anthony David Skinner.
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Scholem was a giant in the scholarly study of Jewish mysticism, responsible for bringing Kabbalah in particular to the attention of academia. However, the letters Skinner presents here reveal more of Read more...

 
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