Emma Lazarus obituary
She was born in 1849 and began her literary life at an early age; her first volume of poems was published when she was but 18. She was, as her name indicates, a Hebrew both by birth and affection and her best work was on Jewish themes. The persecution of the Jews in Russia and elsewhere awakened her profoundest sympathies and spurred her muse to its loftiest flights. She was also a vigorous prose writer and few who read her reply to Madame Ragazin's defense of the persecutions of the Russian Jews will ever forget its fiery indignation or the crushing weight of its eloquent facts. Her stern logic, her withering sarcasm, her array of terrible truths left no ground for her opponent to stand upon.