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Amy Levy

by G.A. Smith 16 July 2009

Amy Levy (1861-1889) was a distinguished novelist, poet and pioneer Jewess, who potential was tragically cut short by her early suicide. The Brighton Library has copies only of her novel, Reuben Sachs, which was reissued in 2003 with an introduction by Rabbi Julia Neuberger. She was a pupil at Brighton High School in the early 1870s, when she lodged somewjere in Brighton. It is almost certain that she attended a local syngogue – Middle Street was beought into being in her time. She was a friend and contemporary of Constance Black (later Garnett. and in leter years very close to Clementina Black. Their friendship is mentioned in the Manchester Guardian’s tribute to her, and in its obituary of Clementina Black (1922).
We are seeking knowledge of Amy’s time in Brighton, and would be extremely grateful for any information or leads. Thank you.

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