Marie Syrkin

Values Beyond the Self

Carole S. Kessner

Marie Syrkin

Carole S. Kessner

Distributed for Brandeis University Press

504 pages | 16 halftones | 6 x 9
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781684580729 Published October 2021
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9781684580736 Will Publish October 2021
A compelling biography of an important eyewitness to the twentieth century.

Marie Syrkin’s life spanned ninety years of the twentieth century, 1899–1989. As a polemical journalist, socialist Zionist, poet, educator, literary critic, translator, and idiosyncratic feminist, she was an eyewitness to and reporter on most of the major events in America, Israel, and Europe. Beautiful as well as brilliant, she had a rich personal life as a lover, wife, mother, and friend. During her lifetime Syrkin’s name was widely recognized in the world of Jewish life and letters. Yet, since Syrkin’s death, recognition of her name is no longer quite so immediate. Carole S. Kessner’s biography restores Syrkin’s fascinating life and legacy for a new generation.

Chapter 1. Marie’s Birthright
Chapter 2. A Bronx Adolescence
Chapter 3. That Fabulous Summer: Maurice
Chapter 4. Elopement and Annulment
Chapter 5. Marriage, Motherhood, and Tragedy
Chapter 6. David, Divorce, and the Death of Nachman
Chapter 7. A New Life: Charles

Chapter 8. An Unorthodox Marriage: Palestine and Hollywood
Chapter 9. At the Nexus of the “Jewish Problem”
Chapter 10. On the Jewish Frontier: The Twenty-First Zionist Congress
Chapter 11. The War, the White Paper, and the Rescue of the Jews
Chapter 12. Wartime Horrors: Personal Unhappiness
Chapter 13. Postwar Projects: DP Camps, Blessed is the Match, Israel
Chapter 14. Academia at Last: The Brandeis Years

Review Quotes
“Finally, Zionist thinker Marie Syrkin gets the recognition she deserves. . . . It is not sentimental overpraise to say that Marie Syrkin deserves a place at the roundtable of great intellects who helped shape contemporary Jewish-American liberalism.”
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