By Meri-Jane Rochelson
Once he completed popularity as an writer and playwright, Israel Zangwill grew to become a favorite public activist for the best social reasons of the 20th century, together with women’s suffrage, peace, Zionism, and the Jewish territorialist circulate and rescue efforts. Rochelson indicates how Zangwill’s activism and masses of his literary output have been grounded in a universalist imaginative and prescient of Judaism and a dedication to teach the realm approximately Jews as a manner of fighting antisemitism. nonetheless, Zangwill’s place in want of making a fatherland for the Jews at any place you can still be chanced on (in distinction to mainstream Zionism’s specialize in Palestine) and his obvious advocacy of assimilation in his play The Melting Pot made him an more and more arguable determine. via the center of the 20th century his attractiveness had fallen into decline, and his paintings is unknown to many smooth readers.
A Jew within the Public enviornment seems to be at Zangwill’s literary and political actions within the context in their time, to clarify why he held the sort of position of value in turn-of-the-century literary and political tradition and why his existence and paintings are major this day. Jewish reports students in addition to scholars and lecturers of overdue Victorian to Modernist British literature and tradition will have fun with this insightful examine Israel Zangwill.
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A Jew in the Public Arena: The Career of Israel Zangwill by Meri-Jane Rochelson