The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization

In order to give any reasonably truthful account of the inception and execution of the publishing venture known as the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, I will, as its Founder, have to say something about the germination of the idea in my own head, and the means taken to realize it. I must, therefore, give a short account of some aspects of my youth, since its particular circumstances have a strong bearing on the inception of the Library, as well as the character it has taken.

Although I was born in London, my formative years were spent in Brighton where, between the ages of seven and thirteen, I was a pupil in one of those Anglo-Jewish boarding schools, formed on the model of existing preparatory schools, which educate middle-class children for the public schools. It delighted in the name of Aryeh House School, and was situated at the eastern end

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