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Lists 5,145 Pen Names in Jewish Literature

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Dr. Saul Chayes has just issued his “Lexicon of Pseudonyms in Hebrew and Yiddish Literature.” The book, covering the period from the Gaonic epoch in the tenth century to the present day, contains 5,145 pseudonyms in Hebrew and Jewish letters.

In his work Dr. Chayes points out that in these two literatures Jews always held the work more important than the man. Therefore they had the custom of referring to the name of the work rather than that of the author. In some cases he deals with the motives which led to the adoption of the pseudonyms.

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