"The ""Ghetto Tragedies"" collected in a little volume in 1893 have been so submerged in the present collection that I have relegated the original name to the sub-title. ""Satan Mekatrig"" was written in 1889, ""Bethulah"" this year. Anyone who should wish to measure the progress or decay of my imagination during the ten years has therefore materials to hand. ""Noah's Ark"" stands on the firmer Ararat of history, my invention being confined to the figure of Peloni (the Hebrew for ""nobody""). The other stories have also a basis in life. But neither in pathos nor heroic stimulation can they vie with the literal tragedy with which the whole book is in a sense involved. Mrs. N.S. Joseph, the great-hearted lady to whom ""Ghetto Tragedies"" was inscribed, herself walked in darkness, yet was not dismayed: in the prime of life she went down into the valley of the shadow, with no word save of consideration for others. I trust the new stories would not have been disapproved by my friend, to whose memory they must now, alas! be dedicated.
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About the Author
"Israel Zangwill (21 January 1864 - 1 August 1926) was a British author at the forefront of cultural Zionism during the 19th century, he was a close associate of Theodor Herzl. He later rejected the search for a Jewish homeland and became the prime thinker behind the territorial movement.THE GRANDCHILDREN OF THE GHETTO Israel ZangwillDaintily embroidered napery, beautiful porcelain, Queen Anne silver, exotic flowers, glittering glass, soft rosy light, creamy expanses of shirt-front, elegant low-necked dresses-all the conventional accompaniments of Occidental gastronomy.It was not a large party. Mrs. Henry Goldsmith professed to collect guests on artistic principles-as she did bric-à-brac-and with an eye to general conversation. The elements of the social salad were sufficiently incongruous to-night, yet all the ingredients were Jewish.