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Friend, Robert (1913-1998)  
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With his translation of Flowers of Perhaps, stated Lois Bar-Yaakov, "Robert Friend has succeeded in retrieving Ra'hel from the cozy folksy corner into which she has been thrown by contemporary literary criticism . . . Through an act of great empathy, combined with consummate poetic intelligence, he has rescued [her language] from what now seems like cliché and romantic diction, to show again how genuinely subversive she was in her own time." Bar-Yaakov likens this accomplishment to the work of feminist scholars like Adrienne Rich in rereading the poetry of Emily Dickinson and revealing the true depth of her work.

Diagnosed with cancer in November1997, Friend died in Jerusalem on January 12 of the following year.

In 1999, a posthumous volume of Friend's translations, edited by Gabriel Levin, was published as Found in Translation: A Hundred Years of Modern Hebrew Poetry; and in 2003 a volume of his poetry, edited by Edward Field, was published as Dancing with a Tiger: Poems 1941-1998.

Linda Rapp
Claude J. Summers

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Bar-Yaakov, Lois. "Flowers of Perhaps: Selected Poems of Ra'hel (Review)." Jerusalem Post (May 5, 1995): 27.

_____. "Robert Friend, 1913-1998." Jerusalem Post (January 22, 1998): 9.

Field, Edward. "Robert Friend: A Life in Poetry." The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide 10.3 (May/June 2003): 22-23.

Levin, Gabriel. "The Poetry of Robert Friend: A Tribute." Tikkun 21.1 (January/February 1997) 64-65.

Rudolf, Anthony. "Obituary: Robert Friend." The Independent (London) (January 22, 1998): 17.

Sharon, Reva. "Friend of Israel." Jerusalem Post (May 5, 1995): 14.

Shir, Jay. "Book Reviews: The Next Room." The Israel Review of Arts and Letters (1998).



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    Author: Rapp, Linda ; Summers, Claude J.  
    Entry Title: Friend, Robert  
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