The Portrayal of Jews in Nineteenth-Century English Literature Depictions By Non-Jewish Writers - Essay

Depictions By Non-Jewish Writers

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Rachel Mordecai Lazarus and Maria Edgeworth (correspondence dates 1815-1817)

SOURCE: "The Correspondence," in The Education of the Heart: The Correspondence of Rachel Mordecai Lazarus and Maria Edgeworth, University of North Carolina Press, 1977, pp. 3-18.

[In the following correspondence, Lazarus (who helped her fatheran American Jewish merchantrun a school for girls, and who read the educational treatises by Maria Edgeworth and her father, Richard Lovell Edgeworth) writes to Maria Edgeworth, politely condemning Edgeworth 's portrayal of a Jewish character (in her 1812 novel, The Absentee) in a stereotypical, derogatory manner; then...

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