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family, she wrote a series of stories concerned with Jewish-Mar-
rano life, among them
The Vale of Cedars, The Jewish Faith,
and
A Mother’s Recompense,
which were widely read. After her
untimely death in 1847 her American publisher, D. Appleton
and Company, brought out a collected edition of her writings,
in itself an indication of her continued popularity.
No other Jewish books of particular significance, apart from
those of a religious nature, appeared on the lists of American
publishers for several decades. Bret Harte’s stories were of course
highly popular, but he was not known as a Jew and his books
had no Jewish content. In the early 1880’s Henry Harland, an
American novelist strongly influenced by Felix Adler, published
several books of Jewish content under the pseudonym of Sidney
Luska;
As It Was Written
and
The Yoke of the Thorah,
to men-
tion two of them, were praised by William Dean Howells and
other reviewers and gained a modicum of popularity. Incidentally,
Harland went to England in the 1890’s and became the editor of
the colorful
Yellow Book.
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J e w i s h B o o k A n n u a l
The Modern Jew in American Publishing
The modern Jew entered American publishing with the books
by Israel Zangwill. Macmillan, then still a branch of the British
firm of that name, published
The Children of the G he tto (
1892)
and
The King of Schnorers
(1894); later Harper brought out
Dreamers of the Ghetto.
A number of other books of Jewish
interest were issued by American firms during the 1890’s: Richard
Wheatley’s
The Jews of New York
(1891), Joseph Pennell’s
The
Jews at Home
(in Austria-Hungary, 1892), Edward King’s
Joseph
Zalmonah (
1893), Ignatius Krajewski’s
The Jew (
1893), Richard
Voss’s
Michael Cibula(
1893), Charles M. Slade’s
The Jewish
Question and the Mission of the Jews
(1894), Joseph Jacobs’
Jew-
ish Ideals and Other Essays
and
The Jewish Race
(both in 1896),
Israel Abrahams’
Jewish Life in the M iddle Ages
(1896), Solomon
Schechter’s
Aspects of Rabbinic Theology
(1896), Maurice Ja-
cobs’
Jewish Ethics
(1896), and Henry Iliowize’s
In the Pale
(1900).
It should be noted that the first six books are by non-Jews while
the next five are by Jews and were included in Macmillan’s Jew-
ish Library, the first series of this kind.
A major undertaking by Funk and Wagnalls was
The Jewish
Encyclopedia.
The firm invested much effort and capital to as-
sure its general excellence both editorially and technically; its
appearance in 12 volumes (1901-1906) made it a model for later
works of this kind. The Jewish books published by American
firms at the turn of the century continued to deal largely with