Competition: US & Canada
Esther Schor, the Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Professor of American Jewish Studies at Princeton, is a scholar, biographer, poet and essayist. Her 2006 biography Emma Lazarus won the National Jewish Book Award. Her poems include The Hills of Holland and Strange Nursery: New and Selected Poems; with poets Meena Alexander and Rita Dove, she is also the co-author of Poems for Sarra, a bilingual collection about the Venetian intellectual Sarra Copia Sullam. Her scholarship includes Bearing the Dead: The British Culture of Mourning from the Enlightenment to Victoria and The Cambridge Companion to Mary Shelley. Her most recent book is Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Dream of a Universal Language, a cultural history/memoir of the Esperanto movement, and she is currently writing a biography of the philosopher Horace M. Kallen. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, The Jewish Review of Books, Tablet, and the Forward. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey and London.