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Children of the Ghetto
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In its first appearance in 1892, Israel Zangwill's Children of the Ghetto created a sensation in both England and America, becoming the first Anglo-Jewish bestseller and establishing Zangwill as the literary voice of Anglo-Jewry. A novel set in late nineteenth-century London, Children of the Ghetto gave an inside look into an immigrant community that was almost as mysterious to the more established middle-class Jews of Britain as to the non-Jewish population, providing a compelling analysis of a generation caught between the ghetto and modern British life. This volume brings back to print the 1895 edition of Children of the Ghetto, the latest American version known to have been corrected by the author. Meri-Jane Rochelson places the novel in proper context by providing a biographical, historical, and critical introduction; a bibliography of primary and secondary sources; and notes on the text, making this ground-breaking novel accessible to a new generation of readers, both Jewish and non-Jewish alike.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Title
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Half-title
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. Copyright
  2. pp. 6-6
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  1. Contents 1
  2. pp. 5-8
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 7-9
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 11-44
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 45-50
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  1. A Note on the Text
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. Preface to the Third Edition
  2. pp. 55-58
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  1. Contents 2
  2. pp. 57-59
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  1. Proem
  2. pp. 61-69
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  1. BOOK I: THE CHILDREN OF THE GHETTO
  2. pp. 73-74
  1. CHAPTER I: The Bread of Affliction
  2. pp. 73-78
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  1. CHAPTER II: The Sweater
  2. pp. 79-93
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  1. CHAPTER III: Malka
  2. pp. 94-107
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  1. CHAPTER IV: The Redemption of the Son and the Daughter
  2. pp. 108-120
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  1. CHAPTER V: The Pauper Alien
  2. pp. 121-129
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  1. CHAPTER VI: "Reb" Shemuel
  2. pp. 130-136
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  1. CHAPTER VII: The Neo-Hebrew Poet
  2. pp. 137-147
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  1. CHAPTER VIII: Esther and Her Children
  2. pp. 148-159
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  1. CHAPTER IX: Dutch Debby
  2. pp. 160-165
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  1. CHAPTER X: A Silent Family
  2. pp. 166-170
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  1. CHAPTER XI: The Purim Ball
  2. pp. 171-181
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  1. CHAPTER XII: The Sons of the Covenant
  2. pp. 182-191
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  1. CHAPTER XIII: Sugarman's Bar-mitzvah Party
  2. pp. 192-200
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  1. CHAPTER XIV: The Hope of the Family
  2. pp. 201-211
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  1. CHAPTER XV: The Holy Land League
  2. pp. 212-223
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  1. CHAPTER XVI: The Courtship of Shosshi Shmendrik
  2. pp. 224-236
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  1. CHAPTER XVII: The Hyams's Honeymoon
  2. pp. 237-246
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  1. CHAPTER XVIII: The Hebrew's Friday Night
  2. pp. 247-257
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  1. CHAPTER XIX: With the Strikers
  2. pp. 258-268
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  1. CHAPTER XX: The Hope Extinct
  2. pp. 269-276
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  1. CHAPTER XXI: The Jargon Players
  2. pp. 277-281
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  1. CHAPTER XXII: For Auld Lang Syne,My Dear"
  2. pp. 282-288
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  1. CHAPTER XXIII: The Dead Monkey
  2. pp. 289-295
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  1. CHAPTER XXIV: The Shadow of Religion
  2. pp. 296-305
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  1. CHAPTER XXV: Seder Night
  2. pp. 306-319
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  1. BOOK II: THE GRANDCHILDREN OF THE GHETTO
  2. pp. 323-324
  1. CHAPTER I: The Christmas Dinner
  2. pp. 323-337
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  1. CHAPTER II: Raphael Leon
  2. pp. 338-352
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  1. CHAPTER III: "The Flag of Judah"
  2. pp. 353-365
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  1. CHAPTER IV: The Troubles of an Editor
  2. pp. 366-375
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  1. CHAPTER V: A Woman's Growth
  2. pp. 376-383
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  1. CHAPTER VI: Comedy or Tragedy?
  2. pp. 384-401
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  1. CHAPTER VII: What the Years Brought
  2. pp. 402-408
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  1. CHAPTER VIII: The Ends of a Generation
  2. pp. 409-411
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  1. CHAPTER IX: The "Flag" Flutters
  2. pp. 412-419
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  1. CHAPTER X: Esther Defies the Universe
  2. pp. 420-429
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  1. CHAPTER XI: Going Home
  2. pp. 430-437
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  1. CHAPTER XII: A Sheaf of Sequels
  2. pp. 438-455
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  1. CHAPTER XIII: The Dead Monkey Again
  2. pp. 456-461
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  1. CHAPTER XIV: Sidney Settles Down
  2. pp. 462-467
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  1. CHAPTER XV: From Soul to Soul
  2. pp. 468-481
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  1. CHAPTER XVI: Love's Temptation
  2. pp. 482-491
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  1. CHAPTER XVII: The Prodigal Son
  2. pp. 492-496
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  1. CHAPTER XVIII: Hopes and Dreams
  2. pp. 497-502
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 503-505
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 507-523
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