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Emma Lazarus

Author: Esther H Schor
Publisher: New York : Nextbook : Schocken, ©2006.
Series: Jewish encounters.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographie
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Schor, Esther H.
Emma Lazarus.
New York : Nextbook : Schocken, ©2006
(OCoLC)607857001
Named Person: Emma Lazarus; Emma Lazarus; Emma Lazarus; Emma Lazarus; Emma Lazarus
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Esther H Schor
ISBN: 0805242163 9780805242164
OCLC Number: 64427552
Description: xiii, 347 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Contents: Prologue: Emma Lazarus and the Three Anne Franks ix --
I 1849-1876 --
II 1876-1881 --
III 1882-1883 --
IV 1883-1887 --
Appendix Texts of the Poems 261.
Series Title: Jewish encounters.
Responsibility: Esther Schor.
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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 entree 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."--Publisher's website.

A 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.

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