The Life of Gluckel of Hameln
Written by Herself
Translated from the original Yiddish and edited by Beth-Zion Abrahams
A fascinating memoir of one of Judaisms earliest female writers
Read a recent review of this book in The Jewish Exponent
For those who do not already have Glückels memoir on their shelves, this JPS volume is a great introduction to the most famous female Jewish writer of all time. -- JOFA Journal
The Life of Glückel of Hameln is an important historical document, not only in regard to Jewish communal life, but also due to the various world events that she chronicled, including information about Sabbatai Zevi as well as political conflicts and wars that occurred during her life. -- The Jewish Eye
The work in its totality makes clear yet again just how much has been lost to Jewish history and literature by having for so long denied women their chance to speak. Those who care about such things owe a debt of gratitude to Philadelphias Jewish Publication Society for returning Glückels life to print and, with any luck, to a whole new generation of readers. -- The Jewish Exponent
Glückel of Hamelns memoir is widely viewed as one of the earliest major works written by a Jewish woman and has become a classic.
Glückels aim, she writes at the beginning of her memoir, was to while away the long and melancholy nights that tormented her after her husbands death, and to inform her 12 children about their family and its history. But her book is not just an account of her life; it is also a fascinating depiction of 17th century Germany and its Jewish community.
The Life of Glückel of Hameln is the only English translation of Glückels story from the original Yiddish and is widely considered the most accurate and complete translation available. It was out of print for many years until this JPS edition.
The volume also includes an introduction by Beth-Zion Abrahams that fills in the background of Glückels life and tells how she came to write her memoir. With this reissue, JPS invites a wide audience to read this important record of Jewish, European, and womens history.
About Beth-Zion Abrahams
Beth-Zion Abrahams, a British scholar, also wrote The Jews in England and numerous scholarly articles on English Jewry and Jewish authors.