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I Lift My Lamp: Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty (Jewish Biography Series)

Nancy Smiler Levinson

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ISBN 10: 0525671803 / ISBN 13: 9780525671800
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers, 1986
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Title: I Lift My Lamp: Emma Lazarus and the Statue ...

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st.

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A biography of the American poet, activist for humane causes, and friend to immigrants, who authored the noble words now inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.

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Grade 4-6 Emma Lazarus, born to a wealthy New York City family in 1849, led a sheltered life, growing up unaware of the "huddled messes yearning to breathe free" whom she was to immortalize in her sonnet "The New Colossus," an excerpt from which is engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty. Young Emma was encouraged in her writing by Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom her parents knew. When she started to work at helping newly arrived immigrants at New York's Ward Island and Castle Garden (before Ellis Island was used), her eyes were opened to the suffering and cruelty which drove people to leave Europe's oppression and anti-Semitism for a new land. Interspersed with Emma's story is the story of the building of the Statue of Liberty. The technique of paralleling Emma's life and the statue's history make this more than a biography and more than a story of the statue. Levinson's style is factual, and she packs a lot of information into the book, using original sources. Merriam's Voice of Liberty: the Story of Emma Lazarus (Farrar, 1959; o.p.) is more fictionalized. A good purchase for school and public libraries, especially in this centennial year of the Statue of Liberty. Ruth Shire, Mount Vernon Public Library, N.Y.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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