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Emma Lazarus letters, 1868-1929 bulk 1868-1887 

Creator: 
Lazarus, Emma, 1849-1887
Phys. Desc: 
1 box (1 box)
Call Number: 
MS#0754
Location: 
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Biographical Note

Poet, essayist.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence of Emma Lazarus. While the letters are primarily of a personal nature, they also reflect both her literary career and, after the traumatic effect on her of the perssecution of Russian Jews, 1879-1883, her role as American champion of Jews. There are original autograph letters from John Burroughs, Ralph W. Emerson, Henry James, William Morris, Tommaso Salvini, and Ivan Turgenev, and twenty other prominent figures. Also, one letter from Lazarus to William Wetmore Story and the letter of her sister, Annie Johnstone, presenting this collection to Columbia University.