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Emma Lazarus

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Emma Lazarus’s most famous poem gave a voice to the Statue of Liberty, but her remarkable life has remained a mystery until now. She was a woman so far ahead of her time that we are still scrambling to catch up with her–a feminist, a Zionist, and an internationally famous Jewish American writer before thse categories even existed.

Drawing upon a cache of personal letters undiscovered until the 1980, Esther Schor brings this vital woman to life in all her complexity. Born into a wealthy Sephardic family in 1849, Lazarus published her first volume of verse at seventeen and gained entrée into New York’s elite literary circles. Although she once referred to her family as “outlaw” Jews, she felt a deep attachment to Jewish history and peoplehood. Her compassion for the downtrodden Jews of Eastern Europe–refugees whose lives had little in common with her own–helped redefine the meaning of America itself.

In this groundbreaking biography, Schor argues persuasively for Lazarus’s place in history as a poet, an activist, and a prophet of the world we all inhabit today–a world that she helped to invent.

Synopsis:

A definitive portrait of the iconoclastic poet and activist whose words are are set on the Statue of Liberty follows the complex life and times of Emma Lazarus, from her early literary success, to her roles as a feminist, Zionist, and renowned Jewish-American writer, based on previously undiscovered personal correspondence. 20,000 first printing.

About the Author

Esther Schor, a poet and professor of English at Princeton University, is the author of The Hills of Holland: Poems and Bearing the Dead: The British Culture of Mourning from the Enlightenment to Victoria. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times Book Review, and the Forward. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Emma Lazarus and the Three Anne Franks

I 1849–1876

Generations

The Shadow of Victory

Footsteps in Newport

Your Professor, My Poet

Admetus

Oldport

A Place in Parnassus

Thoreau’s Compass

I I 1876–1881

In the Studio

The Woman as She Really Was

Conundrums

Awakening

An Ancient, Well-Remembered Pain

The Critic’s Only Duty

The Devil Discovered

Fresh Vitality in Every Direction

Progress and Poverty

I I I 1882–1883

Russian Jewish Horrors

Shylocks and Spinozas

The List of Singers

A Single Thought & a Single Work

An Army of Jewish Paupers

The Semite and the Hebrews

The Poet of the Podolian Ghetto

Seeds Sown

IV 1883–1887

The Other Half (as It Were) of Our Little World-Ball

Mother of Exiles

Revolution as the Only Hope

The Inward Dissonance

The Vacant Chair

Passing Phantoms

December Roses

The Mattress-Grave

Sibyl Judaica

But If She Herself Were Here Today . . .

Appendix: Texts of the Poems

Chronology

Notes

Sources

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805242751
Publisher:
Nextbook
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
Author:
Schor, Esther H.
Author:
Schor, Esther
Author:
Esther H. Schor
Subject:
History : Jewish - General
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Jews -- United States.
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Intellectual life.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Judaism-Women
Subject:
Religion Western-Jewish Biography
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060905
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
347

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» Biography » Literary
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» Biography » Women
» History and Social Science » Sociology » Jewish Studies
» History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » General
» Religion » Judaism » History

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"Synopsis" by , A definitive portrait of the iconoclastic poet and activist whose words are are set on the Statue of Liberty follows the complex life and times of Emma Lazarus, from her early literary success, to her roles as a feminist, Zionist, and renowned Jewish-American writer, based on previously undiscovered personal correspondence. 20,000 first printing.
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