The Children of the Ghetto

The Children of the Ghetto

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With our Literary Footprints Festival starting soon we asked our guides about the books that inspired their walks. First Sean talks about “The Children of the Ghetto” by Israel Zangwill.

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Israel Zangwill by Walter Sickert

Israel Zangwill is one of the great chroniclers of London at a particular time. A Jewish writer, scholar and journalist he was commissioned by the Jewish Board of Guardians in the 1890’s to write a story that would explain the lives of both the recent and older Jewish communities in London. His sprawling epic ‘The Children of the Ghetto’ is a delight. No wonder he was known as The Jewish Dickens.

Sean
You can find out more on Sean’s walk The Near East: Charles Booth’s Whitechapel on October 8th at 11am

 

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