Imagine a history of the English novel that makes scant reference to Sterne or Austen, a study of American literature that leaves out all mention of Irving or Poe, or an assessment of German Romantic poetry that ignores Heine. That is roughly the state of scholarship in English on the Yiddish theater, which has no major work devoted to Avrom Goldfaden, one of the founders of the professional Yiddish stage. Alyssa Quint's pathbreaking work is valuable not only for the attention paid to the texts of Goldfaden's Yiddish work, but for its discussion of how the texts emerged from their milieu and how they, in turn, influenced that world."
Barbara Henry, editor (with Joel Berkowitz) of Inventing the Modern Yiddish Stage: Essays in Drama, Performance, and Show Business
In lively prose and penetrating analysis, Quint turns the fascinating life of Avrom Goldfaden into a multi-dimensional history of the Yiddish theater's formative years, and a study of the origins of Jewish modernity itself."
Jeffery Veidinger, author of Jewish Public Culture in the Late Russian Empire