The challenges and rewards facing the female entrepreneur, the depiction of same-sex love, and a critique of the materialist values of affluent Jewish society—these contemporary themes got an early, gripping treatment long before Philip Roth, Gloria Steinem, and Susan Sontag by pioneering 19th-century author Amy Levy. One of seven children born to assimilated, middle-class London parents in 1861, Levy was a prodigy who first published at age 14, and went on to become the first Jewish woman to attend Cambridge University.
In addition to essays which appeared in English Jewish periodicals and in Oscar Wilde’s feminist magazine, The Woman’s World, Levy is remembered for A London Plane-Tree, a posthumously published collection which touches on her desire for another woman, and novels including The Romance of a Shop, a story about sisters who establish a photography business, and Reuben Sachs, which casts a deprecating eye on the insular caste system and unrefined behavior of London’s elite Jewish families.
Written as a response to the artificial and sanctified treatment of Jews in George Eliot’s famous Zionist novel, Daniel Deronda, Reuben Sachs received unfavorable reviews.
Levy tragically took her own life at the age of 27.
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UK / ITV – ATV / 13×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 July 1971 – 31 May 1972
Writer: Bernard Kops / Script Editor: Philip Hinchcliffe / Producer/Director: Shaun O’Riordan
Sitcom.Young Jewish schoolboy Alexander Green is desperate to escape the confines of his suburban home life.
GARY WARREN as Alexander Green
SYDNEY TAFLER as Joe Green
LIBBY MORRIS as Fay Green (season one)
STELLA MORAY as Fay Green (season two)
ADRIENNE POSTA as Renata Green
PETER BIRREL as Murray (season one)
CYRIL SHAPS as Barney (season one)
VIC WISE as Archie (season one)
DAVID LODGE as Sam (season two)
SEASON ONE 15 July – 19 September 1971
1. A WEEK TO LIVE
2. THE THIRD WORLD STARTS TONIGHT
3. THE ALL NIGHT PARTY
4. THE MATCH
5. THE DISENGAGEMENT OF MURRAY AND RENATA
6. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
SEASON TWO 1 March – 31 May 1972
1. CHARITY ENDS AT HOME
2. THE NEW POLICY
3. ISRAEL NEEDS YOU?
4. KICKING THE FILTHY HABIT
5. THE 21 YEAR ITCH
6. SAM LEAVES HOME
7. RENATA’S SECRET AFFAIR