Titel: Borscht Belt Bungalows: Memories of Catskill Summers
Autor/en: Irwin Richman
TEMPLE UNIV PR
Februar 2004 - kartoniert - 242 Seiten
Every year between 1920 and 1970, almost one million of New York City's Jewish population summered in the Catskills. Hundreds of thousands still do. This title brings to life the attitudes of the renters and the owners, the differences between the social activities and swimming pools advertised and what people actually received.
Acknowledgments 1. Introduction 2. A. Richman, Woodbourne, New York 3. Farmer's Life 4. Unzereh Menschen (Our People) 5. The River and the Woods 6. Noodling Around: Kids at Large 7. To Town: The Escape 8. Daily Life: Mostly Adults 9. The Quest for Entertainment 10. Religion 11. Summer Emergencies and Other Unforgetable Events 12. The Day Camp 13. Crime and Punishment 14. An Age of Change 15. Ghosts Along the Road Notes Bibliography Index Photographs
Irwin Richman, Professor of American Studies and History at Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg, has spent at least part of every summer of his life in the Catskills. He is also the author of Catskills, NY.
"There are very few people who could do such a fine job of recapturing for us the remarkable world of the Catskill bungalow colonies." --Phil Brown, Brown University "Richman delights the reader, not only with portraits of the people who rented the bungalows, but with the activities that occupied their time. He tells us of the small time entertainers who often began their careers in the mountain hotels and casinos and more often than not, ended their entertainment careers there too...well worth reading and, for some of us, evok[ing] long forgotten, pleasant memories." --Jewish Journal "Richman's style is simple and direct...A pleasant Borscht Belt memoir, much like a Borscht Belt meal: excessive beyond nourishment, but hey, why not try a little?" --Kirkus Reviews "A Jewish-American pastoral? Thoreau in the Catskills? Irwin Richman's marvelous Borscht Belt Bungalows is as much a literary work--a retrospect of country summers, now history--as a scholarly study...Let no reader of this lively first-person narrative be deceived that this is just a reminiscence, without scholarly depth. Richman collected an amazing range of information on Borscht Belt life and gracefully folds it into his memories." --Anne C. Rose, Pennsylvania History "Richman is particularly suited to give us this historical overview, as a professor of American studies and history and as one who has made the pilgrimage to the mountains nearly every summer of his life, first to the bungalow colony of his grandparents and later as an employee at similar establishments. ...Richman is nostalgically superb in his recall of the importance of these annual gatherings in the communal context of an immigrant people, liberally quoting from fiction and nonfiction writings on this era and this place." --Publishers Weekly