- Scope and Contents
Correspondence, writings, articles and notes by and about Sholem Asch gathered by Paul Novick, editor of the Morgen Frayhayt (Morning Freedom), a Communist Party Yiddish newspaper in New York, the only newspaper willing to publish him at the height of the controversy over his trilogy, Der Man fun Notseres (The Nazarene) (1939), Der Sheliekh (The Apostle) (1943), and Meri (Mary) (1949). Jewish leaders accused Asch of teaching conversion to Christianity, a charge that Asch emphatically denied. The correspondence between Asch and Novick make up a large part of the collection.
The Correspondence consists of letters between Asch and Novick at a time when, due to ill health, Asch was advised by his physician not to defend his controversial works in the press. These letters document Asch's reaction to the controversy. Novick's letters are represented by carbon copies. A small section of other letters, mostly to and from Novick about Asch's works, is filed at the end of the series.
The Writings consist of essays by Asch, divided into one section of complete works, and one of incomplete and untitled works. The essays are organized alphabetically by transliterated Yiddish with the English translation appearing in parentheses. The incomplete works have been summarized. The miscellaneous section contains works about Asch, probably written by Novick. Most of the articles have been placed in restricted fragile papers, and reference photocopies have been supplied. In two cases, only the article about Asch was photocopied, and the rest of the paper itself may be consulted in restricted fragile papers.
- Language of Materials
Materials chiefly in Yiddish, some in English.
- Conditions Governing Access
Restricted Fragile Papers in boxes 3 and 4 may be consulted only with permission of the appropriate curator. Preservation photocopies for reference use have been substituted in the main files. For more information consult with Access Services.
- Conditions Governing Use
The Paul Novick / Sholem Asch Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
- Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 1992.
Paul Novick papers relating to Sholem Asch
Call Number: GEN MSS 117