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Nahma Sandrow is a scholar of theater and cultural history,[1] and author of the books Vagabond Stars: A World History of Yiddish Theater; God, Man, and Devil: Yiddish Plays in Translation; and Surrealism: Theater, Arts, Ideas.[2] She is also the author of Kuni-Leml and Vagabond Stars, prize-winning Off-Broadway musicals based on Yiddish theatre material.[2] She is Professor Emerita at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York,[2] and has lectured at Oxford University, Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institution, and elsewhere.

Joseph Papp, writing in the New York Times Book Review, observed about Vagabond Stars: "what makes Sandrow's work distinctive is the unusual blend of impeccable scholarship and hilarious backstage anecdote."[3]

In 1984 Samuel Freedman, of the New York Times, described the Off-Broadway success of Kuni-Leml, based on Abraham Goldfaden's Yiddish play The Two Kuni-Lemls, of 1880, as "largely attributable to Nahma Sandrow", noting that her work in researching, translating, and adapting the play had yielded a production with contemporary resonance.[1]

Selected works



  • Vagabond Stars
  • Kuni-Leml


  1. ^ a b Freedman, Samuel G. (December 3, 1984). "A Goldfadn Hit of 1880 Is Reborn Off Broadway". New York Times. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  2. ^ a b c "Nahma Sandrow". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  3. ^ Papp, Joseph (January 1, 1978). "A Good Cry, a Good Laugh". New York Times. Retrieved 2016-12-28.