The King of Schnorrers - Israel Zangwill

Manasseh da Costa is a schnorrer (beggar) who lives on the charitable contributions of the Jews of late 18th-century London. But Manasseh is far from being a humble panhandler for, as every schnorrer knows, supporting the poor is a commandment from God (a mitzvah) not just a favour. And as the descendant of Portuguese Jews who had lived in England for many generations, Manasseh is the social superior of those newly arrived from Eastern Europe (called ‘Tedesco’), even his wealthy patron Joseph Grobstock. As this hilarious satire concludes the ever-audacious Manasseh strikes a blow for tolerance while helping himself along the way. Israel Zangwill (1864-1926) was born in England of Russian parents. He was the author of “Children of the Ghetto,” a novel set in London’s heavily Jewish East End.

Israel Zangwill


Zangwill was born in London on January 21, 1864 in a family of Jewish immigrants from Czarist Russia, to Moses Zangwill from what is now Latvia and Ellen Hannah Marks Zangwill from what is now Poland. He dedicated his life to championing the cause of the oppressed. Jewish emancipation, women's suffrage, assimilationism, territorialism and Zionism (a Jewish liberation movement) were all fertile fields for his pen. His brother was also a writer, the novelist Louis Zangwill, and his son was the prominent British psychologist, Oliver Zangwill.


Zangwill received his early schooling in Plymouth and Bristol. When he was nine years old Zangwill was enrolled in the Jews' Free School in Spitalfields in east London, a school for Jewish immigrant children. The school offered a strict course of both secular and religious studies while supplying clothing, food, and health care for the scholars; today one of its four houses is named Zangwill in his honour. At this school young Israel excelled and even taught part-time, moving up to become a full-fledged teacher. While teaching, he studied for his degree in 1884 from the University of London, earning a BA with triple honours.
Zangwill married Edith Ayrton, a gentile feminist and author who was the daughter of cousins Matilda Chaplin and William Edward Ayrton.
In later life, his friends included well known Victorian writers such as Jerome K. Jerome and H. G. Wells.



Language: English - Total running time: 4:24:56
Read by Adrian Praetzellis
thanks to livribox.org


01 – Showing how the wicked philanthropist was turned into a fish-porter – 00:40:00"





02 – Showing how the king reigned – 00:38:46"





03 – Showing how his majesty went to the theatre and was wooed – 00:47:07"





04 – Showing how the royal wedding was arranged – 00:46:13"





05 – Showing how the king dissolved the Mahamad – 00:43:47"





06 – Showing how the king enriched the synagogue – 00:49:03 "





References
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Zangwill
http://openlibrary.org/books/OL7096700M/The_King_of_Schnorrers
http://librivox.org/the-king-of-schnorrers-by-israel-zangwill/
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