“Taking into account their multiple loyalties, this book explores how these Jewish women created their own space and how we interpret their achievements. With a comprehensive bibliography, notes, and an index, this work is essential for scholars, women's and Jewish studies departments, and literary and historical studies.” —Library Journal
“ . . . Lichtenstein has served the fields of American women’s and Jewish history well . . . ” —American Historical Review
“This is a fascinating, well-researched book.” —Na'amat Woman
“A significant record of the relationship of gender and Jewish ethnicity to American literary studies.” —Choice
The unique literary tradition of nineteenth-century American Jewish women has been largely ignored. Diane Lichtenstein considers more than twenty-five of these authors, including Emma Lazarus, Rebekah Hyneman, Penina Moise, and Emma Wolf.