10 Facts About Amy Levy


Amy Judith Levy was a British essayist, poet, and novelist best remembered for her literary gifts; her experience as the second Jewish woman at Cambridge University, and as the first Jewish student at Newnham College, Cambridge; her feminist positions; her friendships with others living what came later to be called a "New Woman" life, some of whom were lesbians; and her relationships with both women and men in literary and politically activist circles in London during the 1880s.

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Amy Levy was born in Clapham, an affluent district of London, on 10 November 1861, to Lewis and Isobel Amy Levy.

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Amy Levy's was the second of seven children born into a Jewish family with a "casual attitude toward religious observance" who sometimes attended a Reform synagogue in Upper Berkeley Street.

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Amy Levy showed an interest in literature from an early age.

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Amy Levy was the first Jewish student at Newnham when she arrived in 1879 but left before her final year without taking her degree.

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Amy Levy wrote stories, essays, and poems for popular or literary periodicals; the stories "Cohen of Trinity" and "Wise in Their Generation", both published in Oscar Wilde's magazine The Woman's World, are among her most notable.

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In 1886, Amy Levy began writing a series of essays on Jewish culture and literature for The Jewish Chronicle, including The Ghetto at Florence, The Jew in Fiction, Jewish Humour, and Jewish Children.

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Amy Levy remains a topic of discussion amongst scholars in terms of whether or not she is to be considered a Victorian Lesbian writer.

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Amy Levy's had sent several poems to her friend Violet Paget, known as Vernon Lee, confessing her love.

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Amy Levy experienced episodes of major depression from an early age.

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