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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Tribute to Emma Lazarus; a brief Bibliography

Works Cited

Primary Sources:

Lazarus, Emma. Admetus and Other Poems. 1871. Rpt. as Admetus.
Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Literature House-The Gregg Press, 1970.

-------------- Alide, An Episode of Goethe's Life. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1874.

-------------- "The Eleventh Hour, Scribner's [Century] 16 June 1878, 252-56.

-------------- An Epistle to the Hebrews. Centennial Edition. New York: Jewish Historical Society of New York, 1987.

-------------- Poems of Emma Lazarus. Vols. I and II. New York:
Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1889.

-------------- Songs of a Semite. 1882. Rpt. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Literature House-The Gregg Press, 1970.

------------- The Dance to Death and other Poems. 1882. Rpt. as
Songs of a Semite. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Literature House- The Gregg Press, 1970.

Secondary Sources:

Baym, Nina."Melodramas of Beset Manhood: How Theories of American Fiction Exclude Women Authors." The New Feminist Criticism: Essays on Women, Literature, and Theory. Ed. Elaine Showalter. New York: Pantheon Books, 1985.

Blau, Joseph L., and Salo Baron. The Jews of the United States: 1790-1940. Vol.2. New York: Columbia UP, 1963.

Benet, William Rose. The Reader's Encyclopedia. 2d ed.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, Publishers, 1965.

Cowen, Philip., "Emma Lazarus." Autobiographies of American Jews.
Ed. Harold U. Ribalow. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America,

Girgus, Sam B., ed. The American Self: Myth, Ideology, and Popular Culture. Albuquerque, U of New Mexico Press, 1981.

Harap, Louis. Creative Awakening: The Jewish Presence in Twentieth-Century American Literature, 1900-1940's. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987.

Jacob, Heinrich Eduard. The World of Emma Lazarus. New York:
Schocken Books, 1949.

Levinson, Nancy Smiler. I Lift My Lamp: Emma Lazarus and The
Statue of Liberty. New York: E.P. Dutton - Lodestar Books, 1986.

Levitan, Tina. Jews in American Life. New York: Hebrew Publishing Company, 1969.

Lichtenstein, Diane Marilyn. On Whose Native Ground? Nineteenth
Century Myths of AMerican Womanhood and Jewish Women Writers.
Diss. U of Pennsylvania, 1985. Ann Arbor: UMI, 1987. 555- 67354.

Merriam, Eve. The Voice of Liberty. Farrar, Straus and Cudahy- Jewish Publication Society, 1959.

------------- Emma Lazarus, Woman with a Torch. New York: The Citadel Press, 1956.

Rusk, Ralph, ed. Letters to Emma Lazarus In the Columbia University Library. New York: Ames Press, Inc, 1966.

Salzburger, Mayer. "Miss Lazarus's Poems." in The Jewish Messenger.
10 November 1882. 5+.

Schappes, Morris U. Introduction. An Epistle to the Hebrews. By Emma Lazarus. Centennial Edition. New York: Jewish Historical Society of New York, 1987.

Simonhoff, Harry. Saga of American Jewry: from 1865-1914.
New York: Arco Publishing Co., 1959.

Vogel, Dan. Emma Lazarus. Boston: G.K. Hall and Co.-Twayne Publishers, 1980.


Baym, M.I. "Emma Lazarus and Emerson." Publication of the American Jewish Historical Society 38 (1949): 261-87.

---------- "Emma Lazarus's Approach to Renan.: Publication of the American Jewish Historical Society 37 (1947): 17-29.

Burton, Katherine. "A Princess in Israel: Emma Lazarus." Catholic World 157 (1943) 190-5.

"Emma Lazarus." Century Magazine 36 (1888): 877-884.

Cheskin, Arnold. "Robert Browning's Climactic Hebraic Connections with Emma Lazarus and Emily Harris." Studies in BRowning and His Circle: A Journal of Criticism, History, and Bibliography 10 (1982): 9-22.

Cohen, Mary."Emma Lazarus, Woman; Poet; Patriot." Poet-Lore 5 (1893): 320-51.

Lichtenstein, Diane. "Words and Worlds Emma Lazarus's Conflicting Citizenships." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 6(1987): 247-263.

Lippincott's Magazine. 31. (Feb. 1883). 216.

Mordell, Albert. "Some Final Words on Emma Lazarus." Publication of the American Jewish Historical Society 39 (1950): 321-27.

Price, W.J. "Three Forgotten Poetesses." Forum 47 (1912): 361- 376.

Schappes, Morris U., ed. "The Letters of Emma Lazarus."
Bulletin of the New York Public Library 53 (1949): 315-334.

------------------------ "The Letters of Emma Lazarus, Part II."
Bulletin of the New York Public LIbrary 53 (1949): 367-386.

-------------------------"The Letters of Emma Lazarus, Part II."
Bulletin of the New York Public Library 53 (1949): 419-46.

Some Excellent Women Recipes

Sandwich Loaf

1 8 oz tub whipped Philadelphia cream cheese or other brand. You may use an 8 oz block, but you must soften it at room temperature and thin it with about 1 TBSP milk.

One loaf bread, preferably day old, crust removed.



Sliced Green olives, sun flower seeds, parsley leaves or other olives

Sandwich fillings, egg salad, tuna salad, pimento cheese salad, ham salad, chicken salad.

Slice an uncut loaf of white sandwich bread horizontally, making three or 4 long slices ¾ inch thick. Remove crusts. Spread each slice with reamed butter and stiff mayonnaise, then each with a different chopped salad or sandwich mixture. Chicken, shrimp, salmon, eggs, sardine, cheese, or ham may be used. Stack and cover the top and sides with soft cream cheese, garnish with flowers of colored cream cheese, paprika, parsley, sliced olives or sun flower seeds. Chill about one to two hours then slice and serve. Great with iced tea.

Ellen Tsagaris from her mom, Mrs. Clara A. Tsagaris and The American Woman’s Cookbook.

Flan or Cuban Custard

Heat ¼ to ¾ cups white sugar in the bottom of loaf pan till melted and brown. Swirl to cover bottom and sides of pan. In blender or with a beater mix one can sweetened condensed mil, one can evaporated milk or whole milk, ½ tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. vanilla, 4 eggs, and a pinch of salt. Pour into loaf pan. Set pan into one inch water and bake one to one and one half hours at 350 degrees until brown on top. Cool, put in fridge before serving and chill. May be served with fruit or toasted almonds, or flamed with brandy.

Ellen Tsagaris from her Spanish Teacher, Dr. Disnarda Norniella, Professor Emeritus Augustana College.

Black Beans

1 one pound package black beans, black turtle beans, or one 12 oz can black beans.
1 ½ green bell peppers
2 large cloves garlic finely minced
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 tblsp oil or rendered pork fat
½ Spanish cooking wine, vino secco, or dry white wine
1 TBSP vinegar
1TBSP sugar
1 bay leaf crumbled
2 tsp oregano 1 TBSP salt
Black pepper

Soak beans in eight cubs of cold water with half green pepper for at least two hours until beans have swelled. I have had to soak them one or tow nights, changing water. Beans must be able to be mashed with fork. Or, skip this step and use one can of black beans.

To make a sofrito: sauté garlic, onion and green pepper, finely chopped, in hot oil or fat until onion has turned soft and yellow. Add one cup of boiled beans or canned beans to sofrito. Mash together with sofrito and then pour completed sofrito back into the rest of the beans mixing well.

Add remaining ingredients to beans, mix, and bring to boil. Reduce heat as low as possible and cook, covered for one and one half to two hours, till beans have a mushy texture. Remove cover and boil away any water that remains. There should be no broth. Makes six to 8 servings, is great served over cooked, white rice. If you mix it with rice, it is called frijoles con gris. You may substitute kidney beans for black beans.

Ellen Tsagaris from her Spanish teacher, Dr. Disnarda Norniella,
Professor Emeritus, Augustana College.


1 lb. sweet butter, melted
1lb. filo
1 or 2 lbs. chopped almonds or walnuts
2/3 c sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. all spice
3 dozen whole cloves

Syrup for baklava

2 c. honey
2 c. water
2 c. sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. granted orange peel
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients. For syrup, in a sauce pan, bring to a boil, simmer ten minutes, strain, allow to cool.

Coarsely grind/chop nuts. Mix with cinnamon, all spice, sugar.

Brush a 9 x 13 x 2” pan with melted butter. Lay a sheet of filo in pan, brush, cover with filo, repeat for one dozen sheets.

Spread on thin layer of mix on tops f filo etc., and repeat.

Cut strips 2” wide.

Brush each sheet with butter. With a very sharp knife, cut the top filo sheets into triangles, cutting diagonally across the pan.

Insert a clove in the center in each triangle.

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour to one and one-half hours. Baklava should be brown on top. Remove.

Pour cooked syrup over so it covers layers; syrup will seep in. Allow to cool several hours before cooling.

Ellen Tsagaris from her mother Mrs. Clara Tsagaris and her grandmother Mrs. Maria Fanakos.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes.

Sift 1 ½ c sifted lour
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp salt.

Blend 1/c shortening
½ brown sugar, cream these together and add 1/c granulated sugar.

To the creamed mixture add one beaten egg and 1 tsp. vanilla. Add 8 oz semi sweet chocolate pieces and ½ c chopped walnut pieces. Add creamed mixture with chocolate and nuts to dry ingredients. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Ellen Tsagaris from Mrs. Schultz 8th grade Home Ec class, Washington Junior High, Rock Island, IL.

Corn Muffins

½ c shortening
1/3 c sugar
1 beaten egg
1 ¼ c milk
1 c flour
½ tsp salt
4 tsps. Baking powder
1 c corn meal

Cream shortening and sugar, add egg and mil, add flour, sifted with salt and baking powder. Add corn meal, stirring only enough o mix. Fill greased muffin pans 2/3 c. full, and bake in hot oven, 425 degrees for 25 minutes. Makes one dozen muffins.

Ellen Tsagaris

White Cake

Bake at 400 degrees fro 20-30 minutes.

Cream ½ c shortening and 1 ½ c sugar. Add 2 ¼ c cake flour and 2 1 tsp baking powder and ½ tsp salt. Sift together cry ingredients, first. Add 1 c milk and 1 tsp. vanilla and three stiffly beaten egg whites.

Ellen Tsagaris

Coca Cola Cake

1 chocolate cake mix.

Follow directions, but instead of adding required amount of water to the mix, add coca cola or other cola like RC cola or Pepsi. Bake according to directions.

Frosting: Use prepared chocolate frosting, or make from scratch, but add ¼ to ½ tsp. grated orange peel to frosting and mix in before you frost the cake.

Ellen Tsagaris

Hellenic Green Beans

One pound fresh green beans, ends snapped, or one lb. frozen green beans

1 6 oz can tomato sauce or canned tomatoes

Oregano and Basil to taste; dry works very well

One small onion

Olive oil or cooking oil

Water, about one cup
Sauté chopped onion in oil until it is almost clear. You may want to add a clove of garlic, but you do not have to. I like to sauté in the bottom of a Dutch oven or other large covered pan. Add tomato sauce, add spices. Let cook on simmer about ten minutes. Add Green beans, and add enough water to cover. Cook on medium heat, but watch the beans. Let the water cook down. You can include chicken and cook it with the beans, or you can add a marrow bone for flavor. Green peas, frozen, work just as well.

Ellen Tsagaris, from her mother Mrs. Clara Tsagaris

Greek Peasant Salad a la Tsagaris/ Fanakos Families

2- 3 large, ripe tomatoes
One small onion
About ½ c Kalamata olives or other olives; a mix of these, black olives, and green olives is nice

Sliced, peeled cucumbers

One jar stuffed egg plants, if available

Feta cheese, cut in chunks, about ¾ c
Kasseri, Mdzithra, kefalotiri, or Romano cheese, about ¾ c cut in chunks
Small can anchovies with capers, optional

Basil, oregano, salt pepper, to taste

Chop tomatoes, include seeds, combine with all other ingredients, toss and chill. Add about 2/4 c olive oil, enough to mix in tomato seeds, and to be able to dip in bread. Chill about one hour. Serve with crusty, fresh bread or rolls. Good French bread or Italian bread works well, or else Challah or Greek sesame bread. Pieces of fresh ricotta also are good in this classic salad.

Ellen Tsagaris

A Vintage Anne Frank Newsletter

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‘Anne Frank. here & now’
New Exhibition in Berlin

The new permanent exhibition 'Anne Frank. hier & heute' (Anne Frank. here & now) will be opened in the Anne Frank Zentrum in Berlin on 3 November this year. It is the new permanent exhibition of the Anne Frank House’s exclusive partner organisation in Germany. The exhibition will be opened by Dr Hermann Kues (Secretary of State of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth), Klaus Wowereit (Mayor of Berlin), and Wim Kok (Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Anne Frank House).
The exhibition is divided into three parts. In the first section, Anne Frank’s life story is told chronologically, using artefacts, archive photos and photos from the Frank family albums.
In the second part, five young people from Berlin, filmed in specially designed spaces, give their opinions on themes that play an important role in Anne Frank’s diary: Identity, Dreams of the Future, Exclusion and War. Another central function of this area is to create the opportunity to explore various aspects of the exhibition in more depth with school groups.
The diary
The third part of the exhibition attempts to answer the question of why the diary of Anne Frank invokes such positive reactions: why has her diary become so famous? A number of possible explanations are explored: it is positive, it is well written, it is an intimate document of adolescence, and it breaks off suddenly and tragically.
‘This new exhibition is extremely important for the Anne Frank Zentrum’, says the Centre’s director, Thomas Heppener. ‘Anne Frank finally has a permanent location in the German capital. In the years to come the exhibition will form the basis for our educational activities, alongside the travelling exhibition that we have been organising in Germany for years. The new exhibition gives us many opportunities for intensive work with school groups. What’s more, we expect it to attract many more tourists to our Centre’.
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Burned Doll from Jane Eyre 2011 and a new Class

I am working on two papers about dolls; dolls in horror films, and dolls in literature. I am, of course, writing about Jane Eyre and about Bronte and her toys. One of the props in the 2011 film ws a burned doll. I am thinking of offerring a class again to CommUniversity this year on Charlotte Bronte, perhaps films of Jane Eyre compared to the book, Charlotte Bronte and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I don't know how hostile CommU will be to us this year.

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Poem from my Humanities Class

This poem is collaborative; enjoy!

Class Poem
HU 300 Arts, Humanities and Beyond
Dr. Ellen Tsagaris, Derek Fuller, Dawn Quade, Tayla Anderson, Kym Roling, James Vroman, Carly Kitchell, Brandie Stanton, Janette Bartosch, Jessica Lay

Now, is the autumn of my discontent . . .
Oh, how I love to roam in the fields to enjoy the
Splendor of the surroundings among us.
Winter closes in, tightening its grasp,
The leaves are beginning to fall from the trees.
Different colors reflective of my moods,
Yet all dry, withered and dead.
Fall is the start at the
Decaying of life around me.
I no longer feel the blazing sun beating down upon my skin.
Then winter begins,
The chill of sleep,
The preparation for spring’s
And my transformation.
Unto the day I
Feel the rays shall be the
Sun’s gaze through the
And days quickly turn from dark and
To bright and glorious;
It has come—
The world is bright again with the life of

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Vintage Pym October 010

Greetings from the Barbara Pym Society!

I'm very happy to announce that the Pym web site has had a complete makeover -- check it out! There are some new links, the index to Green Leaves has been updated, and additional material will be added in coming weeks. Conference papers and back issues of GL will be posted, making the site of more interest to Pym scholars, and the new look should be more appealing to first-time visitors. (Note that the domain name www.barbara-pym.org stays the same, but links to specific pages on the old site will no longer work.)

Afternoon tea on Nov. 6: Remember, the fall tea in Boston is only a few weeks away. If you plan to attend, please reply by 31 October 2010 to dbmarois@gmail.com.

Call for Papers: We are soliciting proposals for talks at the 2011 North American Conference on 18-20 March in Cambridge, MA. Preference will be given to papers dealing with aspects of No Fond Return of Love, but other topics are welcome. Please send a 100-150 word proposal to barbarapymsociety@gmail.com by December 1.

Finally, I want to pass along the following message about an online Pym discussion in November:
SeniorLearn.org is a site of book discussions and Latin classes. We are planning to feature a discussion of Barbara Pym’s Excellent Women and Quartet in Autumn during the month of November. Most of our members are not familiar with Barbara Pym and we would really welcome your participation in this discussion.

You will find us at www.seniorlearn.org. On the right side of the home page, you will find a link to register your name and a password and then click the link for “Book Discussions.” Once on that page, Scroll down to see the “Two by Pym” discussion, referring to Excellent Women and Quartet in Autumn. You should see a “Reply” button that leads to a box to post your thoughts. Once posted, hit SAVE and you are on your way! Please join us!

Best wishes,

Tom Sopko
North American Organizer

Pym Society Vintage Nov 010

AGM Dates: The dates for the 2011 Annual General Meeting and conference at St Hilda's College in Oxford have just been finalized. The AGM will be held on 26-28 August, which is the Summer Bank Holiday weekend. The conference theme is Crampton Hodnet.

Calls for Papers: Proposals for papers to be presented at the March 2011 North American Conference at Harvard are due by 1 December 2010. Preference will be given to papers related in some way to No Fond Return of Love, but all topics are welcome. Registration and meals fees are waived for North American conference speakers and there is a small honorarium. Please send a 100-150 word proposal to barbarapymsociety@gmail.com.

Proposals for papers to be presented at the August 2011 Annual General Meeting in Oxford are due by 14 January 2011. Preference will be given to papers related in some way to Crampton Hodnet. Please send a 100-150 word proposal to barbarapymsociety@gmail.com.

Finally, this Saturday 6 November is the fall tea in Boston. The reply deadline has passed, but we can always put a little more hot water in the pot; if you would like to attend and are not already on our guest list, please let us know immediately.

And finally, I had to share this Pym sighting: New York jazz musician Rob Price, who entitled one of his tracks "Dashiell Hammett and Barbara Pym," found this in Richard Davenport-Hines's review of Paul Willetts's Members Only: The Life and Times of Paul Raymond, which appeared in the TLS (22 October 2010):

"… In 1952, he started the Paul Raymond Variety Agency, based in three attic rooms above Ferrari's coffee bar in Charing Cross Road, and staged such shows as 'We Strip Tonight' and "Folies Parisienne', advertised as including "The Banned Reefer Dance, performed by the Dangerous Girl with the Low Neckline'. Soon he had made enough money to move in with his wife, who choreographed the shows, to the London suburbs, where he lived next door to Barbara Pym."

D.J. Taylor also mentioned the Pym connection when he reviewed the book for The Independent.

Best wishes,
Tom Sopko, North American Organizer

Vintage Pym Society News Letters December 010

Greetings! The program for the 2011 North American Conference of the Barbara Pym Society, focused on No Fond Return of Love, has been finalized. The speakers include returning favorites Gloria Nakamura, Sandra Goldstein, and BPS Archivist Yvonne Cocking, as well as newcomers Thad Cockrill, Associate Professor of English at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, and journalist Martha Wilson, who writes a weekly column for Nova Scotia’s main daily newspaper.

We will return to last year's highly suitable venues. On Friday evening March 18 we will meet at the Church of the Advent on Beacon Hill for a buffet Candlelight Super and Hymn Sing, and on Saturday and Sunday March 19-20 we'll be back at Harvard University's Barker Center for the conference. The group dinner on Saturday evening and post-conference lunch on Sunday will be at the Grafton Street Pub, which is less than a block from the Barker Center. We have tried to keep costs as low as possible, and have actually reduced the registration fees by $5 from last year. Also, for the first time we are able to take credit and debit cards for payment; we are using PayPal to process the transactions, but you do not need a PayPal account to pay by credit card.

The complete conference schedule, registration forms and details about venues and accommodations are available on the Society web site. The deadline for registration is March 11, but the Barker Center cannot accommodate more than 95 people, so please don't wait until the last minute and risk being turned away.

Other new additions to the web site include Barbara's radio talk Finding a Voice, which is posted with the kind permission of the BBC and Hazel Holt, and the archives of Green Leaves from 1999 through 2008. Volumes 1 through 4 are being scanned and will be added soon, but newer issues will not be posted online for two years after publication. When combined with Hazel Bell's updated Green Leaves index, this provides a wonderful trove of information for Pym scholars and fans alike.

Best regards and Season's Greetings,

Tom Sopko
North American Organizer