The King of Schnorrers

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Author(s): Israel Zangwill
Genre: History, Religion
Original Publish Date: Feb 20, 2013
Product Number: EB00795434
Released: Dec 04, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780486164502
Publisher: Dover Publications
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Description

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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