Amy Levy

About Amy Levy

Who is it?: Poet, Novelist, Essayist
Birth Day: November 10, 1861
Birth Place: London, Clapham, British
Died On: 10 September 1889(1889-09-10) (aged 27)\nLondon, England, UK
Birth Sign: Sagittarius
Resting place: Kingsbury Road Cemetery, Dalston, London Borough of Hackney, Greater London, United Kingdom
Occupation: Poet, Novelist
Education: Brighton and Hove High School, Newnham College, Cambridge

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Amy Levy was bornon November 10, 1861 in London, Clapham, British, is Poet, Novelist, Essayist. Amy Levy was a British poetess and novelist, one of the most remembered authors of the Victorian era. She came from an Anglo-Jewish family and became an author during the height of the Victorian Era. A member of the rich intellectual community of London, she published several poems and articles as well as a few novels. Her literary career started at a very young age—when her family participated in home theater productions, she used to contribute with her writing skills. At an early age, she gained independence and unlike most women of that era, she lived on her own away from her family. She was one of the first women to travel through London and abroad without a chaperone. Despite battling debilitating melancholy, she was a vibrant member of the London intellectual society. Her work was heavily influenced by the philosophies of the German Pessimists, the Aestheticism movement and other Victorian women writers. She identified herself as an Anglo-Jew, but was frequently critical of the Jewish community. She was also critical of the materialism, philistinism and complacency she saw in London Society. She was a talented writer but unfortunately, she ended her life at the age of 27 because of her growing depression. Her prominent works examined, among other topics, the realities of Jewish life in Europe and England, English Society, feminism and the popular philosophies of her era.
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💰 Net worth: $3 Million

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Biography/Timeline

1861

Levy was born in Clapham, an affluent district of London, on 10 November 1861, to Lewis and Isobel Levy. She 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. As an adult, Levy continued to identify herself as Jewish and wrote for The Jewish Chronicle.

1876

Levy showed an interest in literature from an early age. At 13, she wrote a criticism of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's feminist work Aurora Leigh; at 14, Levy's first poem, "Ida Grey: A Story of Woman's Sacrifice", was published in the journal Pelican. Her family was supportive of women's education and encouraged Amy's literary interests; in 1876, she was sent to Brighton and Hove High School and later studied at Newnham College, Cambridge. Levy was the first Jewish student at Newnham when she arrived in 1879 but left before her final year without taking her exams.

1881

Levy's works of poetry, including the daring A Ballad of Religion and Marriage, reveal her feminist concerns. Xantippe and Other Verses (1881) includes "Xantippe", a poem in the voice of Socrates's wife; the volume A Minor Poet and Other Verse (1884) includes more dramatic monologues as well as lyric poems. Her final book of poems, A London Plane-Tree (1889), contains lyrics that are among the first to show the influence of French symbolism.

1886

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. In 1886, 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.

1888

The Romance of a Shop (1888), Levy's first novel, is regarded as an early "New Woman" novel and depicts four sisters who experience the difficulties and opportunities afforded to women running a Business in 1880s London, Levy wrote her second novel, Reuben Sachs (1888), to fill the literary need for "serious treatment ... of the complex Problem of Jewish life and Jewish character", which she identified and discussed in her 1886 article "The Jew in Fiction."

1928

Levy suffered from episodes of major depression from an early age. In her later years, her depression worsened in connection to her distress surrounding her romantic relationships and her awareness of her growing deafness. Two months away from her 28th birthday, she committed suicide "at the residence of her parents ... [at] Endsleigh Gardens" by inhaling carbon monoxide. Oscar Wilde wrote an obituary for her in Women's World in which he praised her gifts.