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I came to this book through a Bowery Boys podcast about Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty Here is the link for anyone interested in listening recommended it as background reading, and it was very illuminating I knew just a little about Lazarus before listening to the podcast, and was inspired to learnSchor s book is a scholarly, but not at all dull, portrait of Lazarus as a poet, philanthropist and early Zionist She was one of the lead I came to this book through a Bowery Boys podcast about Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty Here is the link for anyone interested in listening recommended it as background reading, and it was very illuminating I knew just a little about Lazarus before listening to the podcast, and was inspired to learnSchor s book is a scholarly, but not at all dull, portrait of Lazarus as a poet, philanthropist and early Zionist She was one of the leading literary women of her time, and moved in illustrious circles, as a friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry James and many others Schor s book is meticulously researched and provides not just the facts about Lazarus but presents a very thorough view of the time and place in which she lived We come to understand her relationship to her heritage, the society of the time, and gain an understanding of the burgeoning culture and blossoming of the arts in the United States in the decades following the Civil War.Well worth a read for anyone interested in Lazarus, literary life in the United States of those years, and of American history in general #Read Ý Emma Lazarus à Part of the Jewish Encounter seriesEmma 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 existedDrawing upon a cache of personal letters undiscovered until the , Esther Schor brings this vital woman to life in all her complexity Born into a wealthy Sephardic family in , Lazarus published her first volume of verse at seventeen and gained entr e 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 Learned so muchfrom this book about Emma Lazarus as a writer, as an American Jew, as an early Zionist than I knew before. This book, what can I sayIt is definitely a book only a scholar can read Schor proves she is an English professor This story could have been told and have been a much better read if you didn t constantly need a dictionary or thesaurus I liken myself to history scholar status, but this was a long and hard read. This is a fantastic biography of Lazarus, that treats her first and foremost as a person and an artist, not merely a symbol The book captures Lazarus s snobbishness, ambition, and passion in a way that made her read as very human, which a lot of sketches of her fail to capture Schor also looks at Lazarus s sexuality and personal relationships in a way that read as honest and nuanced, and grounded in what Lazarus left behind of her work, letters, and personal relationships It s a great biograp This is a fantastic biography of Lazarus, that treats her first and foremost as a person and an artist, not merely a symbol The book captures Lazarus s snobbishness, ambition, and passion in a way that made her read as very human, which a lot of sketches of her fail to capture Schor also looks at Lazarus s sexuality and personal relationships in a way that read as honest and nuanced, and grounded in what Lazarus left behind of her work, letters, and personal relationships It s a great biography and I d recommend it to anyone Most of Emma Lazarus s poetry sounds pretty dated, but she led a fascinating life I had no idea that Sephardic Jews had such a long history in this country Lazarus was a 4th generation Jewish American born in 1849 She was a feminist, Zionist, and immigration rights activist way ahead of her time. A Woman I Would Like You To KnowWith the words of the title of this review, Esther Schor introduces the reader to Emma Lazarus 1849 1887 in her newly published biography of this late nineteenth Century American poet, essayist, novelist, critic, and social activist for newly arrived immigrants Schor is Professor of English at Princeton University, a poet in her own right, and the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Mary Shelley Her biography of Emma Lazarus is part of a series of books calle A Woman I Would Like You To KnowWith the words of the title of this review, Esther Schor introduces the reader to Emma Lazarus 1849 1887 in her newly published biography of this late nineteenth Century American poet, essayist, novelist, critic, and social activist for newly arrived immigrants Schor is Professor of English at Princeton University, a poet in her own right, and the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Mary Shelley Her biography of Emma Lazarus is part of a series of books called Jewish Encounters edited by Jonathan Rosen and devoted to the promotion of Jewish literature, culture, and ideas Emma Lazarus is known to most readers only as the author of the sonnet The New Colossus which ultimately achieved iconic status with its inscription on the Statue of Liberty But there is muchto Emma Lazarus than this great poem, as Schor convincingly demonstrates.Schor writes in an accessible, colloquial style that shows great affection and understanding for Lazarus Although Schor s book includes a substantial amount of analysis of Lazarus s literary work, the focus of the book lies in bringing Emma Lazarus herself to life Schor s biography, while not constituting the last word on Emma Lazarus, fulfills its goal of showing why Lazarus is worth knowing Even with this book, and other studies of Emma Lazarus, she remains a complex and elusive figure.Lazarus was born to an assimilated family of wealthy New York Jews who had lived in the United States for at least four generations Lazarus received an outstanding private education and became known as a prodigy when her first volume of poems, written between the ages of 14 and 16 was published by her father As a young woman, Emma Lazarus attracted the attention of Ralph Waldo Emerson and had a complicated relationship with him, as Schor discusses at length Lazarus visited Emerson in Concord twice near the end of his life and became friends with his daughter Ellen Lazarus was a highly connected woman with friends, male and female, among the most culturally and politically influential people in the United States.Lazarus made impressive contributions to poetry besides The New Colossus and wrote influential essays and reviews as well Her best work, such as The New Colossus deals with her vision of America and with the place of Judaism in the United States In fact her work tends to fuse together these two subjects As Schor suggests, Emma Lazarus became the first of what would become a long series of Jewish American writers who would try to express what they deemed to be the ideals of Judaism in secular and literary rather than in traditionally religious terms Schor argues that Lazarus s work shows an interpenetration of American and Jewish ideals, with America providing freedom, liberty, and economic and cultural opportunity, while Jewish ideals expanded upon concepts of social justice and ethics within the American framework.Schor argues that there was a Jewish undercurrent to Lazarus s works from its earliest stages, beginning with her poem In the Jewish Synagogue at Newport Lazarus translated Heine and medieval Jewish poets, and, in 1881 published a volume of poetry titled Songs of a Semite which expanded upon Jewish themes She wrote influential essays which exposed anti Semitism and the Russian Pogroms and considered the meaning of Judaism in American She worked actively for the well being of Jewish immigrants to the United States and was among the first to champion the idea of a homeland for Jews in what was then Palestine to escape the ravages of European anti Semitism.Lazarus remained secular throughout her life, and her own religious convictions can, I think best be described as a sort of nebulous theism She described herself as an outsider to both Judaism and Christianity and, as Schor points out, anticipated the choices and the ambiguities that many American Jews struggle with today in considering their own relationship to Judaism The complexities of Lazarus s views of Judaism are well illustrated in a poem she wrote late in her life, By the Waters of Babylon , the first prose poem to be written in English Schor gives a good analysis of this poem, and of many others.As Schor emphasizes, Lazarus was a paradoxical figure in that she never lost her aristocratic, bearing as a member of America s privileged class and yet worked tirelessly for the health, education and culture of the new immigrants and, with her poem on the Statue of Liberty, redefined the meaning of this national symbol before it was even constructed For all her activism, Lazarus never quite lost her basic conservatism a paradoxical combination that I continue to find fascinating Emma Lazarus also remains difficult as a person, behind the ambiguities of her friendships with men and women and her Victorian reserve Lazarus never married She wrote, but did not publish, a remarkably suggestive sonnet, titled Assurance which for many readers, offers insight into Lazarus s own sexuality.Emma Lazarus has been an inspiration to me for her vision of the United States and for her commitment to an ethical, active Judaism with a deeply secular cast Schor s book will introduce the reader to an American writer who deserves increased recognition Schor s book also includes an excellent sampling of Lazarus s poetry Readers who would like to readof Emma Lazarus may be interested in the selection of her poetry titled Emma Lazarus edited by John Hollander in the American Poets Project series of the Library of America.Robin Friedman Very informative about the history of Jews in America and other tidbits of history I love her poetry, I do not agree that most of it is dated I think it still has something to say to us today Unfortunately those in power in America today would be too stupid to even begin to understand it.