The Melting-Pot Book

The Melting-Pot by Israel Zangwill

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Israel (Israel) Zangwill (English Israel Zangwill ) 1864, London, - 1926, Middlehurst, Sussex, England Jewish writer, publicist and public activist. He wrote in English. The son of poor immigrants from Poland. He studied at a free Jewish school in London. In 1880 he published the almanac "Purim", in which he was also the main author. The two-volume novel Children of the Ghetto (1892) - one of the most significant phenomena of Anglo-Jewish literature - immediately glorified Zangwil. Revelation for the readers turned out to be both the life of Whitechapel (the Jewish part of the East End) and the colorful, humorous language of its inhabitants. Zangwil`s novel The Lord of the Beggars (1894: in the Russian translation The King of the Shnorers) was also a success - fantastic scenes from Jewish life in 18th century England. No less popular were Zangwil`s numerous essays on prominent Jewish thinkers (The Ghetto Dreamers, 1898) and the life of Jewish communities (The Ghetto Tragedies, 1893; The Ghetto Comedies, 1907). Some of Zangwil`s translations from liturgical medieval Jewish poets have entered Jewish prayer books with a parallel English text. Zangwil also wrote one-act plays and staged his novel, Children of the Ghetto. His play Melting Pot was immensely popular - at the 1909 Washington premiere, President Theodore Roosevelt shouted, leaning over the railing of the box: “Excellent play, Mr.

Zangwill! Excellent play! " As a publicist, Zangwill defended the ideas of pacifism and supported the suffrage movement. Among the works of Zangwil on history and sociology - the book "The Fundamentals of Nationalities" (1917), devoted to the problem of the emergence and development of nations. At the end of his life, he became disillusioned with political activity due to the lack of tangible results. In detective fiction, Zangwil is known for his novel "The Mystery of the Big Bow" (The Big Bow Mystery, 1891), which became the first in the history of the genre to investigate the "murder in a locked room." His wife, Edith Ayrton, was a writer and feminist, and his son Oliver became a famous psychologist.

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