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By David L. Weaver-Zercher

From the early Sixties to the overdue Nineteen Eighties, John A. Hostetler used to be the world’s prime pupil of Amish lifestyles. Hailed through his friends for his illuminating and delicate portrayals of this frequently misunderstood non secular sect, Hostetler effectively spanned the divide among well known and educational tradition, thereby shaping perceptions of the Amish all through American society. He was once additionally outspoken in his perspectives of the trendy global and of the Amish world—views that proceed to stir debate today.

Born into an previous Order Amish relatives in 1918, Hostetler got here of age in an period while the Amish have been principally brushed off as a old fashioned and declining tradition, a curious survival with little relevance for modern American existence. That conception replaced in the course of Hostetler’s profession, for not just did the Amish continue to exist in the course of those many years, they confirmed a gorgeous measure of cultural vitality—which Hostetler saw, analyzed, and interpreted for hundreds of thousands of readers.

Writing the Amish both recounts and assesses Hostetler’s Amish-related paintings. the 1st 1/2 the ebook includes 4 reflective essays—by Donald Kraybill, Simon Bronner, David Weaver-Zercher, and Hostetler himself—in which Hostetler is the first topic. the second one part reprints, in chronological order, fourteen key writings by means of Hostetler with commentaries and annotations via Weaver-Zercher.

Taken jointly, those writings, supplemented by way of a complete bibliography of Hostetler’s guides, supply prepared entry to the Hostetler corpus and the instruments wherein to judge his paintings, his highbrow evolution, and his legacy as a student of Amish and American lifestyles. in addition, by means of supplying a window into the various worlds of John A. Hostetler—his Amish boyhood, his Mennonite Church milieu, his academic ambitions, his scholarly occupation, and his vocation as a mediator and recommend for Amish life—this quantity complements the continued dialogue of ways ethnographic illustration relates to America’s most famed people tradition, the outdated Order Amish.

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