Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus, 1849–87, American poet and essayist, b. New York City. Her early verse includes Admetus and Other Poems (1871) and The Spagnoletto (1876), a poetic drama. Enraged by the Russian pogroms of the 1880s, she became an impassioned spokeswoman for Judaism, writing many essays and the book of poems, Songs of a Semite (1882), which contains her best work. Her sonnet about the Statue of Liberty, "The New Colossus," was engraved on the statue's pedestal. Her other work includes translations of Heine.

See biographies by C. Angoff (1979) and E. Schor (2006).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Hanukkah Anthology
Philip Goodman.
Jewish Publication Society, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Includes "The Banner of the Jew" and "The Feast of Lights" by Emma Lazarus
Savage Daughters: Emma Lazarus, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the Spagnoletto
Giffen, Allison.
ATQ (The American Transcendental Quarterly), Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2001
The Image of the Jew in American Literature: From Early Republic to Mass Immigration
Louis Harap.
Jewish Publication Society of America, 1974
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Emma Lazarus begins on p. 279
Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Denise D. Knight.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Emma Lazarus" begins on p. 301
Unwelcome Remainders, Welcome Reminders
Neate, Wilson.
MELUS, Vol. 19, No. 2, Summer 1994
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The (Other) American Traditions: Nineteenth-Century Women Writers
Joyce W. Warren.
Rutgers University Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "The Tradition of American Jewish Women Writers" begins on p. 244
U.S. History as Women's History: New Feminist Essays
Linda K. Kerber; Alice Kessler-Harris; Kathryn Kish Sklar.
University of North Carolina Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 12 "Between Cultures and Politics: The Emma Lazarus Federation of Jewish Women's Clubs and the Promulgation of Women's History, 1944-1989"
The Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature
Hana Wirth-Nesher; Michael P. Kramer.
Cambridge University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Emma Lazarus begins on p. 25
Sephardim in the Americas: Studies in Culture and History
Martin A. Cohen; Abraham J. Peck.
University of Alabama, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Emma Lazarus begins on p. 387
Whitman's & Dickinson's Contemporaries: An Anthology of Their Verse
Robert Bain.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Emma Lazarus 1849-1887" begins on p. 401
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