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Emma Lazarus: (1849-1887) Jewish American Writer/ Poet

Emma Lazarus was born July 22, 1849 in New York City.  She is most famous for her sonnet, The New Collossus, written in 1883 and engraved on a memorial plaque that was affixed to the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1903.  “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses...”

In 1883, Lazarus went to Europe, where she was acclaimed for her poems and writings. She was at the prime of her life and at the peak of her writing career when she was stricken with cancer. Lazarus was only 38 years old when she died.

Further Reading:

Jewish Virtual Library

The New Colossus, poem by Lazarus

Story behind the poem

Emma Lazarus poems