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Jewish american citizens produced one of the most very important writing within the U.S. within the 20th century. This significant other addresses the specific Jewish American contribution to American literary feedback, poetry and pop culture. It establishes the broadest attainable context for the dialogue of Jewish American id because it intersects with the corpus of yankee literature. that includes a chronology and consultant to extra studying, the amount is efficacious to students and scholars alike.

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The volume drew a kind response from Ralph Waldo Emerson, and her second volume, Admetus and Other Poems (1871), was dedicated to him. Her next volume, Alide, a novel about Goethe, appeared in 1874 and was praised by Ivan Turgenev. Emerson read her verse drama, The Spagnoletto (1876), in manuscript and told her – he had become a mentor by then – that he could not put it down. She was far and away the most successful Jewish writer in America since Mordecai Noah and was personally affronted when Emerson did not include one of her poems in his anthology, Parnassus.

His two books may thus be construed as the Jewish literary fruit of his American experience, and Jewish American literary history may be thus said to originate in the conversion of Judah Monis. Monis knew that his “Brethren According to the Flesh” would not approve of his conversion. “I do expect the News of my Embracing the Christian Religion [having] come to your Ears some time ago, has been somewhat surprizing to you all,” he wrote in his dedication, “and I am afraid you did not think it to be the best you ever have heard” (Colman, Discourse, i [v]).

Cincinnati: Leo Wise and Company, 1901. 2nd edn. New York: Central Synagogue, 1945. ” Trans. Albert H. Friedlander. American Jewish Archives (June 1954): 107–148. Wolosky, Shira. ” Prooftexts 16 (1996): 113–125. 30 2 SUSANNAH HESCHEL Imagining Judaism in America America as a site of Jewish liberation has been one of the guiding myths of the modern Jewish imagination. Above all, America meant redemption from Europe, which symbolized both Judaism’s subservience to Christianity and Jews’ confinement within the strictures of Judaism.

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