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The King of Schnorrers by I. Zangwill

The King of Schnorrers by I. Zangwill

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The King of Schnorrers

Grotesques & Fantasies

by I. Zangwill

William Heinemann, 1894, [First Edition], decorated endpapers, black and white illustrations in text, colour tipped edges (brown), hardcover with embossing to covers

Very Good Condition, some edge and shelf wear, some rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, tear to front endpapers at spine, stamps to front flyleaf, minor foxing to some pages, slight lean (see photographs)

“Author Israel Zangwill best typifed the comic spirit of London's Jewish ghetto by immortalizing the schnorrer (beggar) — in particular, the character of Manasseh Bueno Barzillai Azevedo da Costa, a Sephardic panhandler who developed begging into a fine art. The robust and often hilarious tale tells how Manasseh combines insolence with resourcefulness to reduce London's best-known philanthropist to a fish handler; how he reacts to his daughter's love for a socially inferior beggar; and how he manages to parlay her marriage into a life-time pension for himself from his synagogue. Brimming with wit and wisdom and widely regarded as one of the author's most enduring works, The King of Schnorrers is a literary gem offering hours of entertaining humor and satire.”

 

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