Leaves from the Garden of Eden

Paperback | September 27, 2010

byHoward Schwartz

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In Leaves from the Garden of Eden, Howard Schwartz, a three-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award, has gathered together one hundred of the most astonishing and luminous stories from Jewish folk tradition. Just as Schwartz's award-winning book Tree of Souls collected the essentialmyths of Jewish tradition, Leaves from the Garden of Eden collects one hundred essential Jewish tales. As imaginative as the Arabian Nights, these stories invoke enchanted worlds, demonic realms, and mystical experiences. The four most popular types of Jewish tales are gathered here--fairy tales,folktales, supernatural tales, and mystical tales - taking readers on heavenly journeys, lifelong quests, and descents to the underworld. There is a dybbuk lurking in a well, a book that comes to life, and a world where Lilith, the Queen of Demons, seduces the unsuspecting. Here too are Jewishversions of many of the best-known tales, including "Cinderella," "Snow White," and "Rapunzel." Schwartz's retelling of one of these stories, "The Finger," inspired Tim Burton's film Corpse Bride.

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In Leaves from the Garden of Eden, Howard Schwartz, a three-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award, has gathered together one hundred of the most astonishing and luminous stories from Jewish folk tradition. Just as Schwartz's award-winning book Tree of Souls collected the essentialmyths of Jewish tradition, Leaves from the Garde...

Howard Schwartz is Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the author of Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism, which won the National Jewish Book Award in 2005.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 27, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199754380

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Summoning the Patriarchs2. Four types of Jewish Tales3. the Jewish Mythical Imagination4. What Makes a Jewish Folktale Jewish?5. The Stories of Reb NachmanFairy Tales: 25Folktales: 25Supernatural Tales: 25Mystical Tales: 25Sources and CommentariesAppendicesGlossaryBibliography of Original SourcesSelected English BibliographyGeneral Index