Project Description


ESTHER SCHOR, a poet and professor of English at Princeton University, won the National Jewish Book Award for Emma Lazarus. At Princeton, she holds the Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Professorship of American Jewish Studies and serves as Acting Chair of the Humanities Council.  Her most recent book is Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Dream of a Universal Language, both a cultural history of the language-movement and a memoir of her seven years among Esperantists in the U. S., Vietnam, Turkey, Cuba, Holland, Brazil and Uzebekistan. She has held visiting artist fellowships at the American Academy of Rome and Beit Venezia, in Venice; her poems include The Hills of Holland and Strange Nursery: New and Selected Poems. A specialist in British romanticism, her scholarship includes Bearing the Dead: The British Culture of Mourning from the Enlightenment to Victoria and The Cambridge Companion to Mary Shelley. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book ReviewThe New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The Times Literary SupplementTablet Magazine and the Forward. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.