By Meri-Jane Rochelson
Once he accomplished popularity as an writer and playwright, Israel Zangwill turned a well-liked public activist for the best social motives of the 20th century, together with women’s suffrage, peace, Zionism, and the Jewish territorialist stream and rescue efforts. Rochelson exhibits 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 fashion of battling antisemitism. nonetheless, Zangwill’s place in prefer of making a native land for the Jews at any place possible be chanced on (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 arguable 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 area appears at Zangwill’s literary and political actions within the context in their time, to clarify why he held one of these position of value in turn-of-the-century literary and political tradition and why his existence and paintings are major at the present time. 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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