Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

1997

Publication Source

The Journal of American Folklore

Volume

110

Issue

437

Start Page

314

Last Page

316

Abstract

First memories are formative. Raphael Patai, who died on July 20, 1996, opens his autobiography with a memory of himself as an infant sliding down three flights of stairs into the street and placing himself between the two rails of the tramline, only to be saved at the last minute and carried back into the safety of his home by his mother. Whether recalled or reinforced by parental retelling, both aspects of this recollection, the spirit of independent exploration and the protective warmth of home, mark his path in life.

Copyright/Permission Statement

Published as Ben-Amos, D. Obituary: Raphael Patai (1910-1996). The Journal of American Folklore 110(437): 314-316. © 1997 by the American Folklore Society.

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Date Posted: 22 September 2017

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