People I Have Loved, Known or Admired Hardcover – January 1, 1970
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Leo Rosten, author of The Joys of Yiddish, H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N, and other memorable works, compiled a collection of pieces under the title People I Have Known, Loved or Admired. When I first saw the title, I thought, "Feh! Such a schmaltzy title. Probably an ongapatshket thing by some possibility-thinking optimist or Reader's Digest. And then my eye caught the author's name.
Such a collection of characters! Some famous (DaVinci, Freud) others close to hearth and home (his father), and a momzer, a nebbech, and even an exasperatingly rational Milton Friedman.
Like Mark Twain, Leo Rosten has a piquant way of phrasing thoughts in the patois of the Yiddish community he grew up in.
If this book, or any other book by Rosten, is unavailable here, or your local bookstore, try the public library, or college library. The interlibrary loan is an excellent source of hard-to-find books.
So find it already! Enjoy!