Emma Lazarus is an American author of poetry, prose and translation, and an activist for the cause of the Jews. She wrote the sonnet "The New Colossus" in 1883. Her lines appeared engraved on a bronze plaque, installed in 1903, on the plinth of the Statue of Liberty. The last lines of the sonnet were set to music by Irving Berlin as the song "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor" for the 1949 musical Miss Liberty, based on the sculpture of the Statue of Liberty. Lee Hoiby's sequel was also featured in Lee Hoiby's song "The Lady of the Harbor" which was written in 1985 as part of her song cycle "Three Women". Lazarus is also the author of poems and translations; Admetus and other poems; Alide: An episode on the life of Goethe; Poems and Ballads by Heine; Poems, 2 vol .; Narrative, lyrical and dramatic; as well as Jewish poems and translations.
|Born||July 22, 1849, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Died||November 19, 1887, New York City|
|Resting place||Beth Olam Cemetery in Brooklyn|
|Genre||poetry, prose, translations, novels, plays|
|Notable works||"The New Colossus"|
|Relatives||Josephine Lazarus, Benjamin N. Cardozo|
New York-born poet known for her 1883 sonnet "The New Colossus," which was engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty. She also published a multi-part poem called "Epochs.".
Early in her life, she learned French, German, and Italian and also studied both British and American literature.
She was a co-founder of the Hebrew Technical Institute in New York.
She had six siblings and was born into a Sephardic Jewish family of Portuguese heritage.
She corresponded with Ralph Waldo Emerson for many years.
Buried in Beth Olom Cemetery. Statue of Liberty. Georgists. 19th Century Sephardic Jews TM_VZ! American Jewish poets. Sephardic Jews of America. American Zionists. Jewish feminists. Jewish writers. American feminist writers. XIX century American poets. Sephardic Jews