Lazarus, Emma

(1849–87)
   US poetess. Emma Lazarus is remembered principally as the author of the sonnet ‘The New Colossus’ which is engraved upon the Statue of Liberty in New York harbour. The poem expresses her vision of America as a sanctuary for the ‘huddled masses’ of Europe, victims of religious and economic persecution.
   The daughter of a New York Sephardi family, she began writing poems and novels in her teens. Ralph Waldo Emerson took an interest in her work, and she developed a correspondence with Henry Longfellow that was to continue over the years. The pogroms in Russia in 1881–2. gave her a passionate interest in Jewish problems. She learned Hebrew and translated Judah HALEVI and other medieval Spanish-Jewish poets. Her volumes of poetry, such as Songs of a Semite (1882) and By the Waters of Babylon (1887), are filled with prophetic Zionist sentiment, and she urged her views in essays that appeared in contemporary American periodicals. It is ironical that at the request of her assimilated family, works with a Jewish content were omitted from a collected edition published two years after her death.

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  • LAZARUS, EMMA — (1849–1887), U.S. poet, essayist, and activist. Lazarus was born in New York on July 22, 1849, to Moses Lazarus, a wealthy industrialist of Sephardi heritage, and his wife Esther Nathan Lazarus of Ashkenazi background. Both sides of her family… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Lazarus,Emma — Lazarus, Emma. 1849 1887. American writer. Her poem “The New Colossus” is inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty in Upper New York Bay. * * * …   Universalium

  • Lazarus, Emma — born July 22, 1849, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Nov. 19, 1887, New York U.S. writer. She was born into a cultured Jewish family and learned languages and the classics at an early age. Her first book (1867) caught the attention of Ralph Waldo… …   Universalium

  • Lazarus, Emma — (1849 87)    American poet. She was born into a New York Sephardi family. She wrote poetry, tragedies and numerous essays, as well as translated the works of medieval Spanish Jewish poets. Her sonnet The New Colossus was inscribed on the Statue… …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

  • Lazarus, Emma — (22 jul. 1849, Nueva York, N.Y., EE.UU.–19 nov. 1887, Nueva York, N.Y.). Escritora estadounidense. Nació en el seno de una refinada familia judía, circunstancia que le hizo aprender diversos idiomas y conocer los clásicos desde su infancia. Su… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Lazarus, Emma —  (1849–1887) American poet, remembered chiefly for The New Colossus, the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Emma Lazarus — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Emma Lazarus Nombre Emma Lazarus Nacimiento …   Wikipedia Español

  • Emma Lazarus — (* 22. Juli 1849 in New York City; † 19. November 1887 ebenda) war eine jüdische amerikanische Dichterin. Sie ist vor allem für das 1883 verfasste Gedicht The New Colossus bekannt, das in das Podest der New Yorker …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Emma Lazarus — en 1872. Activités Écrivain, poétesse, traductrice Naissance …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Emma Budge — Emma Ranette Budge, geborene Lazarus (* 17. Februar 1852 in Hamburg; † 14. Februar 1937 ebenda) war eine deutsch amerikanische Kunstsammlerin, Stifterin und Mäzenin. Ihr umfangreiches Vermögen und ihre Villa in Hamburg, das Budge Palais, wurden… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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