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Emma Lazarus

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
Occupation Author, activist
Language English
Genre poetry, prose, translations, novels, plays
Subject Georgism
Notable works "The New Colossus"
Relatives Josephine Lazarus, Benjamin N. Cardozo

About Emma Lazarus

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.".

Emma Lazarus before fame

Early in her life, she learned French, German, and Italian and also studied both British and American literature.

Achievement of Emma Lazarus

She was a co-founder of the Hebrew Technical Institute in New York.

Emma Lazarus family life

She had six siblings and was born into a Sephardic Jewish family of Portuguese heritage.

Associations of Emma Lazarus

She corresponded with Ralph Waldo Emerson for many years.

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Latest information about Emma Lazarus updated on July 30 2021.