DescriptionHutchins Hapgood. The Spirit of the Ghetto. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1902. First edition of the author's first book. Original green pictorial cloth printed in black, white, and red on front. Extremities a bit rubbed, otherwise a very good and bright copy.
Hutchins Hapgood. The Spirit of the Ghetto. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1902.
First edition of the author's first book. Octavo. 311,  pages, with three leaves of publisher's ads at the end. Frontispiece. Illustrated with drawings from life by Jacob Epstein.
Original green pictorial cloth printed in black, white, and red on front cover (portrait of a Talmudic scholar) and spine. Extremities a bit rubbed, otherwise a very good and bright copy.
Hapgood's writings were based on sociological and psychological experience. In The Spirit of the Ghetto, Hapgood visits the Lower East Side of New York, and investigates the Jewish Culture that is thriving there. The chapters include Hebrew Schooling, On How Jewish Women are Adapting to the New World, On Poets, The Newspapers, and On the Young Artist Jacob Epstein (whose simple, yet poignant illustrations are included in this book). The work also includes extensive chapters on the Yiddish Theatre and its importance on Jewish life in the ghetto. Mentioned is one of the more notable and influential actors, Jacob Adler, whose children, Luther and Stella, also became successful theater actors, with Stella later creating a school of acting still active today in New York City. Also mentioned is Boris Thomaskhevsky, who was considered the "idle of the Jewish matinée girls", and who later went to Hollywood to become a movie star.
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