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Children of the Ghetto: A Study of a Peculiar People
Zangwill, I.
Published by Grosset & Dunlap, New York (1907) 1892
Hardcover Measures 7.75x5.25 inches Weighs 1 pound 5 ounces
Condition: Tan cloth boards. Black embossed text. Pages are clean and text is crisp.
Boards are aged and bumped. A bit of fraying is beginning.
Former owner sticker inside front cover, very neatly placed. “J. S. Rosenbaum” and a second sticker “Herbert J. Rosenbaum” (both are very old.

Excerpt from book:
A DEAD and gone wag called the street " Fashion Street," and
most of the people who live in it do not even see the joke. If it
could exchange names with " Rotten Row," both places would be
more appropriately designated. It is a dull, squalid, narrow thor­
oughfare in the East End of London, connecting Spitalfields with
Whitechapel, and branching off in blind alleys. In the days when
little Esther Ansell trudged its unclean pavements, its extremities
were within earshot of the blasphemies from some of the vilest
quarters and filthiest rookeries in the capital of the civilized world.
Some of these clotted spiders'-webs have since been swept away
by the besom of the social reformer, and the spiders have scurried
off into darker crannies.
There were the conventional touches about the London street-
picture, as Esther Ansell sped through the freezing mist of the
December evening, with a pitcher in her hand, looking in her
oriental coloring like a miniature of Rebecca going to the well.
A female street-singer, with a trail of infants of dubious mater­
nity, troubled the air with a piercing melody; a pair of slatterns
with arms a-kimbo reviled each other's relatives; a drunkard
lurched along, babbling amiably; an organ-grinder, blue-nosed as
his monkey, set some ragged children jigging under the watery
rays of a street-lamp. Esther drew her little plaid shawl tightly
around her, and ran on without heeding these familiar details,
her chilled feet absorbing the damp of the murky pavement
through the worn soles of her cumbrous boots. They were mas­
culine boots, kicked off by some intoxicated tramp and picked
up by Esther's father. Moses Ansell had a habit of lighting on
windfalls, due, perhaps, to his meek manner of walking with bent
bead, as though literally bowed beneath the yoke of the Captiv-

Children of the Ghetto: A Study of a Peculiar People Zangwill, I. Published by Grosset & Dunlap, New York (1907) 1892 Antique Book


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