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Amy Levy

(1861—1889) writer and poet


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(1861–89),

poet, novelist, and feminist, born in London, and educated at Newnham College, Cambridge. Her collections include Xantippe and Other Verse (1881, of which the title poem is a dramatic monologue spoken by the allegedly shrewish wife of Socrates) and A London Plane‐Tree and Other Verse (1889). Her observant novel Reuben Sachs: A Sketch (1888) roused indignation for its lightly satirical portrayal of London Jewish social life. Levy was a friend of O. Schreiner and other prominent feminists. She committed suicide by inhaling charcoal fumes.

Subjects: Literature.


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