Children of the Ghetto: A Study of a Peculiar People

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CHILDREN OF THE GHETTO

A Study of a Peculiar People

BY
I. ZANGWILL

Author of “The Master,” “The King of Schnorrers” “Dreamers of the

Ghetto,” “Without Prejudice,” etc.

1914

Preface to the Third Edition.

The issue of a one-volume edition gives me the opportunity of thanking
the public and the critics for their kindly reception of this chart of a
terra incognita, and of restoring the original sub-title, which is a
reply to some criticisms upon its artistic form. The book is intended as
a study, through typical figures, of a race whose persistence is the
most remarkable fact in the history of the world, the faith and morals
of which it has so largely moulded. At the request of numerous readers I
have reluctantly added a glossary of ‘Yiddish’ words and phrases, based
on one supplied to the American edition by another hand. I have omitted
only those words which occur but once and are then explained in the
text; and to each word I have added an indication of the language from
which it was drawn. This may please those who share Mr. Andrew Lang’s
and Miss Rosa Dartle’s desire for information. It will be seen that most
of these despised words are pure Hebrew; a language which never died off
the lips of men, and which is the medium in which books are written all
the world over even unto this day.

I.Z.

London, March, 1893.

CONTENTS.

BOOK I. THE CHILDREN OF THE GHETTO.

Proem

I. The Bread of Affliction

II. The Sweater

III. Malka

IV. The Redemption of the Son and the Daughter

V. The Pauper Alien

VI. “Reb” Shemuel

VII. The Neo-Hebrew Poet

VIII. Esther and her Children

IX. Dutch Debby

X. A Silent Family

XI. The Purim Ball

XII. The Sons of the Covenant

XIII. Sugarman’s Barmitzvah Party

XIV. The Hope of the Family

XV. The Holy Land League

XVI. The Courtship of Shosshi Shmendrik

XVII. The Hyams’s Honeymoon

XVIII. The Hebrew’s Friday Night

XIX. With the Strikers

XX. The Hope Extinct

XXI. The Jargon Players

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