Fixing tradition: Joseph W. Yoder, Amish American
This book follows the life and times of Joseph W. Yoder (1872-1956), author of Rosanna of the Amish and a musician. Yoder came of age during an era of great possibility in America. His journey--from an isolated, Pennsylvania religious subculture to the world and back--is a heroic quest, fraught with conflicts, misunderstandings, and reversals of intention.
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Fixing Tradition: Joseph W. Yoder, Amish American (C. Henry Smith Series, V. 4)User Review - Book Verdict
Kasdorf (The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life) here examines the life and writings of J.W. Yoder (1872-1956), a controversial and complex Amish author and educator. Yoder's popular Rosanna of the Amish (1949) is still considered one of the most authentic accounts of Amish life, but Yoder himself was often at odds with his own people and spent much of his later life and writings trying unsuccessfully to liberalize them. Kasdorf, who also comes from Amish roots, has provided a fascinating analysis of Yoder's life and work. Her book makes use of material acquired through many personal interviews with those who remember Yoder as well as his own extensive correspondence. Her analysis of his various books in light of this new research is penetrating and thought-provoking and will be of interest both as a window into the Amish community and as an insight into one man's struggle to balance tradition with the right to intellectual liberty. Recommended for academic and public libraries.-C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., Lafayette, IN ...
Foreword by Marlene Epp
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