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Not for “Antiquaries,” but for “Philosophers”: Isaac D’Israeli’s Talmudic Critique and His Talmudical Way with Literature

  • Stuart Peterfreund

Abstract

Although Isaac D’Israeli (1766–1848), father of the more generally recognized and illustrious politician and novelist Benjamin Disraeli (1804–81), is not at present widely known as a figure who was part of the literary scene during the years more or less comprising English Romanticism (ca. 1789–ca. 1832), he was widely known as such during his lifetime. James Ogden, the author of the only book-length literary life of D’Israeli to Year, reminds his reader that “from about 1790 to 1840 D’Israeli generally had a book in the press. At first he aspired to being an imaginative writer, and published two tentative volumes of poetry, a collection of ‘Romances,’ and three novels. These are by no means without interest, but it is to his credit that after 1811 he confined himself to giving the public the results of his literary and historical research.”1

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Notes

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