'It's directness, its uncompromising truths, its depth of feeling, and, above all, its absence of any single superfluous word, make it, in some sort, a classic.' Oscar Wilde on Rueben Sachs
Born in Clapham in 1861, Amy Levy was an essayist, poet, novelist, one of the first Jewish women to go to Cambridge University, and was on the fringes of the “New Woman” group of writers and thinkers. Her novel Rueben Sachs was published in 1888. Highly critical of Victorian materialism and of the stultifying prospects for women, this feminist critique of middle-class life was controversial on publication, but widely praised, most notably by Oscar Wilde.
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