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Also included is a range of carefully selected appendices that help contextualize Menken's writings in terms of theater, Judaism, Bohemianism, women's rights, and women writers.
"With fascinating introduction, notes, and bibliography, Gregory Eiselein clarifies the conflicting accounts of Menken's enigmatic biography and interprets her personal and literary scandals; his appendices set her poems into a literary and historical context. This superb edition makes the powerful voice of Adah Isaacs Menken come alive for twenty-first century readers." - Kathryn Hellerstein, University of Pennsylvania
"Gregory Eiselein's concise writing and thorough research provide the necessary framework for situating Menken's writings in relation to the American Civil War era, a world so rife with conflict and contradiction that we may scarcely recognize it as the heart of the Victorian period." - Renee M. Sentilles, Case Western Reserve University
Gregory Eiselein is a professor of English at Kansas State University. He is the author of Literature and Humanitarian Reform in the Civil War Era (1996) and the editor of Emma Lazarus: Selected Poems and Other Writings (Broadview Press, 2002).
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Table of Contents: [Back to Top]
Adah Isaacs Menken: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
Dreams of Beauty
Working and Waiting
The Ship That Went Down
Battle of the Stars
Into the Depths
Sale of Souls
One Year Ago
Drifts That Bar My Door
Hemlock in the Furrows
Hear, O Israel!
Where the Flocks Shall Be Led
"Karazah" to "Karl"
The Autograph On the Soul
To My Brother Gus
I am Thine--To W.H.K.
The Bright and Beautiful
"Milton wrote a letter to his lady love"
Poems from The Israelite
Dum Spiro, Spero
Oppression of the Jews, Under the Turkish Empire
[Hebrew: "Let There Be Light"]
To Nathan Mayer, M.D.
What an Angel Said to Me!
To the Sons of Israel
Poems from The Jewish Messenger
[Hebrew: "Rosh Hashanah"]
My World of Thought
All is Beauty, All is Glory!
Poems from the Sunday Mercury
On the Death of Rufus Choate
The Dark Hour
"Why do I love you?"
Knocking at the Door
Dream of the Alhambra
Farewell to Fanny
A Wish for Nellie
Other Uncollected Poems
My Spirit Love
Reply to Dora Shaw
The Angel's Whisper
Midnight in New-Orleans
Death and Eternity
The Jew in Parliament
Swimming Against the Current
Affinity of Poetry and Religion
Women of the World
Behind the Scenes
Lodgings to Let--References Exchanged
Appendix A: Biographies
- Mark Twain, "The Menken--Written Especially for Gentlemen"
- Adah Isaacs Menken, "Some Notes of her life in her own Hand"
- G. Lippard Barclay, The Life and Remarkable Career of Adah Isaacs Menken
- Ed James, Biography of Adah Isaacs Menken
Appendix B: Correspondence
Appendix C: Critical Reception
Appendix D: Cultural Contexts
- Rev. Dr. A. Guinzburg, "The Mortara Abduction Case Illustrated"
- Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, Woman's Thoughts About Women
- Lillie Devereux Blake, "The Social Condition of Woman"
- Junius Henri Browne, "The Bohemians"
- Marie Louise Hankins, "Lillie Bell: The Female Writer"
- Ada Clare, "The Man's Sphere and Influence" and "The 'Blue Stocking'"
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Infelicia and Other Writings
2002 • 286pp • Paperback • 9781551112848 / 1551112841