Hebrew poetry in 19th-century Italy

09.06.2012                      19.Siwan. 5772                      Beha'alotcha

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Hebrew poetry in 19th-century Italy

Rachel Morpurgo, of the famous Italian-Jewish David family, was arguably the first woman to engage in modern Hebrew poetry.

At the turn of the 19th century, the Luzzatto family of Trieste, Italy, fostered the talents of its children. Its most famous member was Samuel David (1800-1865), a poet and philosopher, but his beloved cousin, Rachel, was a talented literary figure as well. Rachel (1790-1871) was 10 years older than Samuel (who seems to have been born in the same house); the two remained close even after he left Trieste. Rachel was educated at home by private tutors, one of whom was a rabbi, as well as by her brother and uncle….