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The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes

Israel Zangwill

Classic crime stories.

This collection of short stories by British author Israel Zangwill includes 'The Grey Wig', 'Chassé-Croisé', 'The Woman Beater', 'The Eternal Feminine', 'The Silent Sisters', ''Merely Mary Ann', 'The Serio-Comic Governess', and the much acclaimed The Big Bow Mystery' (possibly the first locked room mystery).

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 332
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357311175
  • Price : INR 699
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Israel Zangwill

Israel Zangwill, Anglo-Jewish writer and political activist, was probably the best-known Jew in the English-speaking world at the start of the twentieth century. Zangwill was born in London on 21 January 1864 to parents who had immigrated from Eastern Europe. For part of his childhood the family lived in Plymouth and Bristol, but they eventually settled in London's East End where Zangwill attended and then taught in the Jews' Free School. Zangwill graduated from the University of London in 1884 with honours in English, French, and Mental and Moral Science.

Zangwill began his career as a journalist and humour writer, contributing to Jerome K. Jerome's periodical The Idler as well as Jewish periodicals. Zangwill's work earned him the nickname "the Dickens of the Ghetto". He wrote a very influential novel Children of the Ghetto: A Study of a Peculiar People which George Gissing called "a powerful book". The book made him a literary celebrity. It was followed by the collections Ghetto Tragedies (1893 and 1899), Dreamers of the Ghetto (1898), and Ghetto Comedies (1907), and the comic novel The King of Schnorrers (1894), as well as several novels and many stories not specifically on Jewish themes.

The use of the phrase "melting pot" to describe multiculturalism was popularised by Zangwill's play The Melting Pot, a success in the United States in 190910.

Israel Zangwill died on 1 August 1926, near his home in East Preston, Sussex.

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