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To mark the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty's dedication, Nextbook Press has created an interactive version of Emma Lazarus' “The New Colossus,” — the sonnet that appears on the statue's base. The annotations are by Esther Schor, the author of the prize winning biography, Emma Lazarus, written for our "Jewish Encounters" series.
Scroll over the words, and you’ll be able to learn more about the poem, the poet, and the story behind the Statue. We are thrilled to present this classic poem in a new way (designed by Joshua Hester), and we hope you’ll enjoy it and pass it along. Of course, there is much more to be learned in Schor’s book, and we hope this poem will whet your appetite to read even more about Emma Lazarus by checking out Schor’s biography.