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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Zola, Gary Phillip.
Isaac Harby of Charleston, 1788-1828.
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1994
|Named Person:||Isaac Harby; Isaac Harby|
|Material Type:||Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Gary Phillip Zola
|Description:||xv, 284 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||1. The Formative Years --
2. Early Literary Ventures --
3. Pedagogy, Publishing, and Politics --
4. In Pursuit of a Livelihood --
5. The Reformation of Judaism --
6. The Final Years --
Appendix A: Isaac Harby's Academy Cashbook, 1819- 1820, A Summary --
Appendix B: Reformed Society of Israelites Members Listed in the KKBE Books of Offerings, 1811, 1813, 1814, 1819, and 1823 --
Appendix C: Reformed Society of Israelites Members Buried in the KKBE Cemetery --
Appendix D: Authorship of Various Prayers Found in the Prayerbook of the Reformed Society of Israelites.
|Series Title:||Judaic studies series (Unnumbered)|
|Responsibility:||Gary Phillip Zola ; with a foreword by Jacob Rader Marcus.|
As a newspaper editor and publisher, a playwright of some distinction, a highly regarded drama critic, an essayist, and a political and social commentator, Harby earned a position of respect and prominence within the thriving cultural milieu of antebellum Charleston. Harby, together with a small group of contemporary litterateurs, spent considerable energy trying to establish and legitimate letters as a profession.
Unfortunately their desire to make a living in the world of the literary arts - the leitmotiv of a generation of literati - was a dream that went largely unfulfilled. Nevertheless, these individuals struggled to stimulate the growth and development of a native literary tradition in this country.
By studying Harby, one of the few Jews in his city's literary circle, we add significantly to our understanding of Jewish life in the South during the early national period. Harby's active role in the establishment and advancement of the Reformed Society of Israelites (incorporated in 1825), the first formalized effort to reform Judaism in North America, has attracted considerable scholarly attention.
Zola demonstrates that Harby's particular interest in the reformation of Judaism was very much related to his lifelong desire to improve society through the cause of intellectual enrichment. Drawing from local newspapers, government documents, and other contemporary sources, together with the newly discovered contents of Harby's personal library and papers, this book constitutes an entirely new analysis of Harby's life.
- Harby, Isaac, -- 1788-1828.
- Jews -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- Biography.
- Intellectuals -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- Biography.
- Reform Judaism -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- History -- 19th century.
- Reformed Society of Israelites (Charleston, S.C.)
- Charleston (S.C.) -- Biography.
- Charleston (S.C.) -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
- Reformed Society of Israelites.
- Charleston (S.C.) -- Intellectual life.
- Social life
- South Carolina
- Harby, Isaac.