By Meri-Jane Rochelson
Once he accomplished reputation as an writer and playwright, Israel Zangwill grew to become a well known public activist for the prime social motives of the 20th century, together with women’s suffrage, peace, Zionism, and the Jewish territorialist move 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 fighting antisemitism. nonetheless, Zangwill’s place in prefer of making a place of birth for the Jews anyplace you can still 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. via the center of the 20 th 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 this sort of position of significance in turn-of-the-century literary and political tradition and why his existence and paintings are major at the present time. Jewish reviews students in addition to scholars and lecturers of past due Victorian to Modernist British literature and tradition will get pleasure from this insightful examine Israel Zangwill.
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A Jew in the Public Arena: The Career of Israel Zangwill by Meri-Jane Rochelson