Emma Lazarus

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Birthday
22, 1849
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Nov 19, 1887 (38)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
22, 1849
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Nov 19, 1887 (38)

About

New York-born poet known for her 1883 sonnet "The New Colossus," which was engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty. She also published a multi-part poem called "Epochs."

Before Fame

Early in her life, she learned French, German, and Italian and also studied both British and American literature.

Trivia

She was a co-founder of the Hebrew Technical Institute in New York.

Family Life

She had six siblings and was born into a Sephardic Jewish family of Portuguese heritage.

Associated With

She corresponded with Ralph Waldo Emerson for many years.