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Jaffe, Abraham B.


JAFFE, ABRAHAM B. (1924– ), Hebrew literary critic and editor. Born in Beltsy, Bessarabia, he settled in Ereẓ Israel in 1940 and from 1948 lived in Tel Aviv. His articles and literary studies appeared in the Hebrew press and in periodicals from 1943. Jaffe's major work is Avraham Shlonsky ha-Meshorer u-Zemanno (1966), a study of the life and work of the poet Abraham *Shlonsky. He also edited Yalkut Eshel (1967), an anthology of Shlonsky's literary essays. His other critical writings include Shirah u-Meẓi'ut ("Poetry and Reality", 1951); Charlie Chaplin (1953, 1955); Du-Si'aḥ Ẓarefati ("French Dialogue," 1958), a work on modern French literature; Sifrut ve-Ommanut (1965), together with A. Ḥashavyah; and Hemingway ve-"Ha-Zaken ve-ha-Yam" ("Hemingway and 'The Old Man and the Sea,'" 1966). He edited Al Admat Besarabyah, vol. 2 (1962), a collection of essays on Bessarabian Jewry, and a collection of essays on S. *Ẓemaḥ (1966). From 1951, he was editor of the weekly literary supplement of the newspaper Al ha-Mishmar. He was also one of the editors of Ommanut ha-Bamah be-Yisrael ("Theater Arts in Israel," 1965). Among his other works are a memoir of Lea *Goldberg (Pegishot im L. Goldberg, 1984), a literary portait of the poet Shlomo Tani (1994), essays on the modern story (Makbilot ba-Sippur ha-Moderni, 1973), and a book on literature and art in the early years of the city Tel Aviv (1980).


Kressel, Leksikon, 2 (1967), 95. add. bibliography: A. Ekroni, "Bein Moreshet li-Temurah," in: Moznayim 43 (1976), 216–19.

[Getzel Kressel]

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