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Emma Lazarus: Sephardic Woman of Letters (Paperback)

Emma Lazarus: Sephardic Woman of Letters By Orit Rabkin, Emma Lazarus Cover Image
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As the first Jewish woman and Sephardic poet of importance in the United States, Emma Lazarus, struggled with recognition and acceptance among her peers during her lifetime, but more than a century later, her reputation overshadows them. In her lifetime her poem, "The New Colossus" had not yet become famous as it is today. Those words are now among the most widely quoted lines of poetry in America.
Her Sephardic, or Spanish-Jewish background, is not often recognized although from the 1650s to the 1850s most Jews in the United States were Sephardic, and her family was among the early immigrants. As she developed as a writer and intellectual, she increasingly celebrated her Jewish and Sephardic roots, and she became the outstanding American Jewish poet that we recognize her as being today.

The New Colossus
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp " cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door "
--Emma Lazarus

About the Author

Gregory Eiselein is a professor of English at Kansas State University. He is the author of Literature and Humanitarian Reform in the Civil War Era (1996) and the editor of Infelicia and Other Writings, by Adah Isaacs Menken (Broadview Press, 2002).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781935604327
ISBN-10: 1935604325
Publisher: Gaon Web
Publication Date: September 18th, 2019
Pages: 278
Language: English