Children of the Ghetto: A Study of a Peculiar People

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Wayne State University Press, 1895 - Fiction - 523 pages
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In its first appearance in 1892, Israel Zangwill's Children of the Ghetto created a sensation in both England and America, becoming the first Anglo-Jewish bestseller and establishing Zangwill as the literary voice of Anglo-Jewry. A novel set in late nineteenth-century London, Children of the Ghetto gave an inside look into an immigrant community that was almost as mysterious to the more established middle-class Jews of Britain as to the non-Jewish population, providing a compelling analysis of a generation caught between the ghetto and modern British life.

This volume brings back to print the 1895 edition of Children of the Ghetto, the latest American version known to have been corrected by the author. Meri-Jane Rochelson places the novel in proper context by providing a biographical, historical, and critical introduction; a bibliography of primary and secondary sources; and notes on the text, making this ground-breaking novel accessible to a new generation of readers, both Jewish and non-Jewish alike.

 

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Contents

U Acknowledgments
11
LJ Selected Bibliography
45
Preface to the Third Edition
55
Proem
61
BOOK
63
THE CHILDREN OF THE GHETTO
71
The Bread of Affliction
73
The Sweater
79
For Auld Lang Syne My Dear
282
The Dead Monkey
289
The Shadow of Religion
296
Seder Night
306
BOOK m
319
THE GRANDCHILDREN or THE GHETTO I The Christmas Dinner
323
Raphael Leon
338
The Flag of Judah
353

Malka
94
The Redemption of the Son and the Daughter
108
The Pauper Alien
121
Reb Shemuel
130
The NeoHebrew Poet
137
Esther and Her Children m
149
Dutch Debby
160
A Silent Family
166
The Purim Ball
171
The Sons of the Covenant
182
Sugarmans Barmitzvah Party
192
The Hope of the Family
201
The Holy Land League
212
The Courtship of Shosshi Shmendrik
224
The Hyamss Honeymoon
237
The Hebrews Friday Night
247
With the Strikers
258
The Hope Extinct
269
The Jargon Players
277
The Troubles of an Editor
366
A Womans Growth
376
Comedy or Tragedy?
384
What the Years Brought
402
The Ends of a Generation
409
The Flag Flutters
412
Esther Defies the Universe
420
Going Home
430
A Sheaf of Sequels
438
The Dead Monkey Again
456
Sidney Settles Down
462
From Soul to Soul
468
Loves Temptation
482
The Prodigal Son
492
Hopes and Dreams
497
Glossary
503
Notes
507
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About the author (1895)

Israel Zangwill, born in London's East End, ranked among the important writers of his time. A widely read and successful novelist, playwright, critic, and journalist, he was known internationally for his activism on behalf of Jewish nationalism and pacifism.

Meri-Jane Rochelson is an associate professor of English at Florida International University. She coedited Transforming Genres: New Approaches to British Fiction of the 1890s (St. Martin's Press, 1994).

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