By Meri-Jane Rochelson
Once he completed repute as an writer and playwright, Israel Zangwill grew to become a well known public activist for the best social explanations of the 20 th century, together with women’s suffrage, peace, Zionism, and the Jewish territorialist move 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 area approximately Jews as a fashion of fighting antisemitism. nonetheless, Zangwill’s place in want of making a place of birth for the Jews anyplace you'll be chanced on (in distinction to mainstream Zionism’s concentrate on Palestine) and his obvious advocacy of assimilation in his play The Melting Pot made him an more and more arguable determine. by way of the center of the 20 th century his recognition had fallen into decline, and his paintings is unknown to many sleek readers.
A Jew within the Public area seems to be at Zangwill’s literary and political actions within the context in their time, to clarify why he held this type of 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 lecturers of past due Victorian to Modernist British literature and tradition will savour this insightful examine Israel Zangwill.
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A Jew in the Public Arena: The Career of Israel Zangwill by Meri-Jane Rochelson