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Amy Levy, one of “The Greatest Jewish Writers You’ve Never Heard Of”, presented by Nancy Ludmerer. (Multi-access Tish)

June 17, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 9:50 am EDT

Amy Levy

Amy Levy, one of “The Greatest Jewish Writers You’ve Never Heard Of”, presented by Nancy Ludmerer. 

Amy Levy, 1861-1889, was an incredibly talented poet and fiction writer, who was born and died in London. She was the first Jewish woman to attend Newnham College, Cambridge, experienced bouts of depression throughout her short life, and committed suicide two months before her 28th birthday, having published two novels, several short stories, and an acclaimed book of poetry.  (She was working on the proofs of another book of poems shortly before her death.) She was friends with another brilliant Jewish woman, labor activist Eleanor Marx (the youngest daughter of Karl Marx) (also a suicide, a decade after Amy, when Eleanor in her 40s).  Unlike Amy, who was raised in a middle-class Jewish family, Eleanor Marx only came to acknowledge her Judaism as an adult through her labor activism with poor Jewish workers in London’s East End (she learned Yiddish in order to be able to organize them) and, in part, through her friendship with Amy, Israel Zangwill, and others. 

Read more about Amy Levy at Poets.org: https://poets.org/poet/amy-levy

This Tish is part of a series presented by Nancy, who has been studying the lives and work of both women and their interactions in connection with a novella she is working on.

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Multi-access Tishes are held at 9:00 a.m. ET on Shabbat in the SAJ Social Hall in person and also can be attended using the Zoom room listed below.

SAJ members often arrive 10 minutes early at the Social Hall and on Zoom to enjoy schmoozing.

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Date:
June 17, 2023
Time:
9:00 am - 9:50 am EDT
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SAJ Social Hall and Zoom
15 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States
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