Summary: Summary: This book tells and interprets the story of Joseph W. Yoder (1872-1956), author of Rosanna of the Amish and a musician. His journeyfrom an isolated, Pennsylvania religious subculture to the world and backis a heroic quest, fraught with conflicts, misunderstandings, and reversals of intention.
This is must reading for anyone interested in the
paradoxes of Amish mentality in the American context,
seen here through the prism of a lyrical writers
wrestling with her own calling.
book traces the story of a flamboyant Amish born writer,
living on the margins between Amish culture and American
society. Kasdorf captures the nuances and ironies of the
story with extraordinary skill and imagination.
Yoder was an
American progressive, an enigmatic figure among his Amish
kin. A promoter of higher education, a professional
musician, a writer-publisher, and belatedly, the husband
of an elegant Presbyterian, Yoder broke with
convention yet negotiated a place for himself within
Amish Mennonite culture, most strikingly in writing
Rosanna of the Amish. Kasdorfs biography skillfully
blends history, genealogy, and metaphor to illuminate the
tensions and triumphs of an Amish American and his
study of the first successful Mennonite writer, Joseph W.
Yoder, is written by a prize-winning poet whose ancestral
and cultural roots lie in the same Big Valley near
Belleville, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania."
Traditions can be appreciated on many levels: as a
fine biography, for its insight into Amish social
control, for trends in higher education in the early
decades of the twentieth century, and for its clear and
Market: Students and scholars; church leaders, pastors; anyone who believes intellectual pursuit should exhibit the marks of Christian discipleship.
Shelving: HistoryAnabaptist, Mennonite, of Pennsylvania. BISAC: History, Biography, Religion. RTM: 170, Biography; 430 History/American; 690 Religion/Ethics
The Author: Julia Kasdorf, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, is the author of two books of poetry, Sleeping Preacher and Eves Striptease, as well as of The Body and the Book, essays about gender, writing, and Mennonite culture. She teaches creative writing at the Pennsylvania State University
Quote: "Yoders story has meaning not only for individuals from traditional backgrounds who wish to become artists, but for anyone interested in considering the complex relationships between individual authority, sectarian community, and liberal society." Julia Kasdorf, in Fixing Tradition
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