Jacob Isaac Segal: A Montreal Yiddish Poet and His Milieu
By Pierre Anctil
Translated by Vivian Felsen
French original published 2012
English translation, University of Ottawa Press, 2017
It must be hard to write a biography of a poet. Poets don’t live exciting lives. Lord Byron was “mad, bad, and dangerous to know,” and therefore a good subject for biography, but he was an exception.
Jacob Isaac Segal, of Montreal, was Canada’s first important Yiddish poet. His life was not exciting, but it was interesting. In this book, Pierre Anctil, a francophone professor in the University of Ottawa’s history department, tells Segal’s story and a number of others. [Read more…]