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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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Nathan Meyer achieved international reputations as philanthro-
pists and writers. Robert Nathan and Emily Solis-Cohen, are
each first cousins of Emma Lazarus, once removed.
NEED FOR COMPLETE COLLECTION OF LAZARUS’S WORKS
Let us hope that the year of the centenary of Emma Lazarus
will see a complete edition not only of her poems but of all of her
prose articles as well.
The Poems of Emma Lazarus
omitted
many poems from Miss Lazarus’s
Admetus
volume and did not
include any of the translations made by her from Heine. Mr.
Cowen wrote in his autobiography in 1932 that a sister of Emma,
Annie, one of the two in whose names the copyright of the poems
was taken out, refused in response to a suggestion to reprint the
collected poems, to grant permission to include any items of a
Jewish character, for the former Annie Lazarus, now Annie
Humphreys Johnston, had become a Catholic. Selections from
nine of Miss Lazarus’s prose articles in periodicals were for the
first time reprinted by Morris U. Schappes in 1944 in
F,mma
Lazarus
:
Selections From Her Prose and Poetry
issued by The
Cooperative League of the Jewish American Section of the Inter-
national Workers Order. There is a very able Introduction by
the editor who calls attention to Miss Lazarus’s sympathy with
socialism, and who reprints part of her article from the
Century
Magazine
of July 1886 “A Day in Surrey with William Morris,”
in which she describes her visit to the eminent English socialist
poet. Miss Lazarus does not state her own views definitely but
the following sentence from the essay is significant: “Rather would
he see the whole framework of society shattered than a continuance
of the actual condition of the poor.”