Israel Zangwill

(1864—1926) writer and advocate of Jewish causes

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a noted Jewish spokesman, writer, and translator. The popular novel Children of the Ghetto (1892) established his reputation by its realistic and sympathetically critical portayal of London's poor Jews. Ghetto Tragedies (1899), Ghetto Comedies (1907), and The King of Schnorrers (1894), a jeu d'esprit, contain vignettes of Jewish life. The historical Dreamers of the Ghetto (1898) testifies both to Judaism's inner strength and to its role in civilization. The War for the World (1916) and The Voice of Jerusalem (1920) combine apologia with polemic. His plays are vehicles for ideas, notably The Melting Pot (1909), which coined the phrase.

Subjects: Literature.

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