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Contributions in American Studies #107: The Selected Writings of Mordecai Noahby Michael J. Schuldiner
Synopses & Reviews
Mordecai Noah, whose writings span from the 1800s to the 1840s, is the first important Jewish writer to appear on the American scene. In his own time, he was ranked with Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper as among the finest writers of the day. Noah is primarily known today as the visionary who proposed a Jewish homeland, to be called Ararat in upstate New York. But Noah also had a political career which was equally colorful. As American Consul to Tunis, Noah's plan to rescue American sailors held by the Barbary states nearly led to his own imprisonment and death. As Sheriff of New York, Noah freed all debtors when Yellow Fever broke out in the prisons, thereby becoming liable for a small fortune.
This volume is the first modern selection of Noah's writings and includes not only some of Noah's better known works such as She Would Be a Soldier (1819), one of the most admired plays of its day, and Discourse on the Restoration of the Jews (1845), Noah's early plea for the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the Middle East. This volume also includes the first complete modern edition of the Ararat proclamation and speech (1825), detailing Noah's utopian scheme for a Jewish homeland in New York; also printed for the first time since its original publication is Noah's recently discovered tract, Address…to Aid in the Erection of the Temple at Jerusalem (1849). Schuldiner and Kleinfeld provide discussions of Noah's life and context for his writings as well as a selected bibliography of key writings by and about Mordecai Noah.
Book News Annotation:
Asserts that Mordecai Manuel (1785-1851) is worth reading despite being hardly known today outside of his abortive venture in 1824 to build a Jewish homeland (Ararat) on Grand Island, upstate New York. The editors' introduction to his historical drama, 15 selections from (1820), and Jewish advocacy speeches reveals a writer deemed in his day the literary peer of James Fenimore Cooper and Washington Irving, as well as being an influential politician/statesman.
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Brings together the major writings of America's first important Jewish writer.
Mordecai Noah, whose writings span from the 1800s to the 1840s, is the first important Jewish-American writer to appear on the American scene. Schuldiner and Kleinfeld bring together the first modern collection of Noah's writings. Introductions and essays by Schuldinerand Kleinfeld provide discussions of Noah's life and context for his writings.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -167) and index.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Michael Schuldiner
Mordecai Manuel Noah by Daniel J. Kleinfeld
Mordecai Noah's "She Would Be a Soldier" by Michael Schuldiner
Noah's Social Commentary and Jewish Advocacy
Staging a Nation: Moudecai Noah and the Early Republic by Daniel J. Kleinfeld
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