One poem, one statue, and a cast of characters from Gilded Age America
Jul 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42 • By DIANE SCHARPER
While many of the efforts of Pulitzer and Bly recorded here are factual, not all elements of the plot are true: The New Colossus ends with historical notes that help to flesh out the era but don’t distinguish between the actual and invented parts of the story. Some readers may wish to consult Esther Schor’s Emma Lazarus (2006) and Brooke Kroeger’s Nellie Bly (1994) in order to ground Goldberg’s blend of history and invention.
Diane Scharper teaches English at Towson University.