Education of the Heart
The Correspondance of Rachel Mordecai Lazarus and Maria Edgeworth
In 1815 a young North Carolina schoolteacher who was Jewish wrote to the celebrated Maria Edgeworth to ask why British novelists wrote in such a prejudiced manner about Jews. Maria was so moved by the letter that she set to work on a novel to make amends, and Harrington was published in 1817. The literary exchange that resulted grew into a friendship that lasted until Rachel's death in 1838, and the families continued to correspond until 1942.
Originally published in 1977.
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