PAPERNA, ABRAHAM BARUCH (d. 1863), Italian Hebrew writer and anthologist. Born in Leghorn where he also served as rabbi, Paperna was primarily interested in modern Hebrew poetry in Italy. His anthology of this poetry, Kol Ugav (1846), contains an appendix with biobibliographical data on the poets. He possessed a collection of manuscripts of authors whose works are reproduced in the anthology, as well as of other writers he mentions. He also contributed introductions to several books that were published in Leghorn. One of his pupils was sabato morais . Ḥ.N. Bialik (Iggerot, 3 (1938), 155) was deeply impressed by his anthology. (Getzel Kressel)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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