By Meri-Jane Rochelson
Once he completed popularity as an writer and playwright, Israel Zangwill grew to become a well-known public activist for the major social factors of the 20 th century, together with women’s suffrage, peace, Zionism, and the Jewish territorialist flow and rescue efforts. Rochelson exhibits how Zangwill’s activism and lots more and plenty of his literary output have been grounded in a universalist imaginative and prescient of Judaism and a dedication to coach the realm approximately Jews as a manner of struggling with antisemitism. nonetheless, Zangwill’s place in want of making a place of origin for the Jews anywhere you possibly can be discovered (in distinction to mainstream Zionism’s specialise in Palestine) and his obvious advocacy of assimilation in his play The Melting Pot made him an more and more debatable determine. by way of the center of the 20th century his recognition had fallen into decline, and his paintings is unknown to many sleek readers.
A Jew within the Public enviornment seems at Zangwill’s literary and political actions within the context in their time, to clarify why he held any such position of significance in turn-of-the-century literary and political tradition and why his existence and paintings are major this present day. Jewish stories students in addition to scholars and academics of overdue Victorian to Modernist British literature and tradition will relish this insightful examine Israel Zangwill.
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A Jew in the Public Arena: The Career of Israel Zangwill by Meri-Jane Rochelson