Emma Lazarus Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Burton, Katherine. “A Princess in Israel: Emma Lazarus.” Catholic World 157, no. 938 (May 1943): 190-95.

Brief, laudatory summary of Lazarus's life.

Cheskin, Arnold. “Robert Browning's Climactic Hebraic Connections with Emma Lazarus and Emily Harris.” Studies in Browning and His Circle 10, no. 2 (fall 1992): 9-22.

Observes the mutual influence of Browning and Lazarus on one another regarding the subjects of theodicy, contemporary Jewish issues, and classical Hebrew.

James, Alan G. “The Master and the Laureate of the Jews: The Brief Friendship of Henry James and Emma Lazarus.” The Henry James Review 21, no. 1 (2000): 27-44.

Recounts the acquaintance of James and Lazarus in 1883 and its subsequent effect on both writers.

Pauli, Hertha. “The Statue of Liberty Finds Its Poet.” Commentary I, no. 1 (November 1945): 56-64.

Provides biographical sketch culminating in an account of Lazarus's writing of “The New Colossus” for the base of the Statue of Liberty.


Cohen, Mary M. “Emma Lazarus: Woman, Poet, Patriot.” Poet Lore 5 (1893): 320-31.

Surveys Lazarus's life as a woman, poet, and patriot and discusses the development of her writing and thought within these categories.

Kessner, Carole. “The Emma Lazarus-Henry James Connection: Eight Letters.” American Literary History 3, no. 1 (spring 1991): 46-62.

Reprints eight letters written by Henry James to Lazarus preceded by an introduction to Lazarus as a public and polemical writer.