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The Legend of the Wandering Jew

When Christ, wearied by the heavy burden of the cross, leaned for a moment against a stranger’s doorway, the stranger drove him away and cried, “Walk faster!” To this, Christ replied, “I go, but you will walk until I come again!” So began the legend of the Wandering Jew, which has recurred in many forms of literature and folklore ever since. George K. Anderson, in a book first published in 1965 and immediately hailed as a classic, traces this enduring legend through the ages, from St. John through the Middle Ages to Shelley, Eugène Sue, and the antisemitism of Hitler to recent movies and novels. Though the main elements of the legend are a constant, Anderson shows how changes in emphasis and meaning reflect civilization’s shifting concerns and attitudes over time.

504 pages | 7 x 10

Jewish Studies

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Table of Contents

I. • Dear All, • Biography • Ordinary Morning • At Fifty • A Few Small Gestures of Concern • The Greeks of 1983 • Black Overcoat • Ars Poetica • Fear of Farms • The House of Drink • My Father and Ezra Pound • II. • The Sleep Writer • Narrator with Stranger • The Wave • The Border • Ninth View of the North Sea • First Color Photographers of the War • Beautiful War • At the Blue Table • Note from My Father • Asleep still, I rise • Cleaning the Guns • Reading Yusef • A Drone Poem, Notes For • III. • Our Journey • Island • Waiting for Jane Austen in Walnut Creek, Ohio, at the end of the twentieth century • How the Brain Works • The Map • In the Rubble of the World • Signs Following • Too Much, Too Soon Migraine • In Real Life • The Thing You Can’t Forget • A Blessing • In the Sidney Lanier Best Western Motel in Gainesville, Georgia, I think of the great Polish poet • And then I arrive at the powerful green hill • Notes

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