The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Goldschmidt, Meier Aaron

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GOLDSCHMIDT, gȯld'shmit, Meier Aaron, Danish novelist and publicist: b. Vordingborg, 26 Oct. 1819; d. Copenhagen, 15 Aug. 1887. He entered journalism when quite young, edited the comic paper Corsaren (1840-46), and in 1847 founded a monthly publication in which he discussed the political movement of the time, and showed himself a strong advocate of constitutional freedom. His first novel, ‘A Jew,’ appeared in 1845; other novels of his are ‘Homeless’ (1853); ‘The Heir’ (1865); and ‘The Raven’ (1867); he also wrote a few dramas, and his autobiography (1877). His novels are most remarkable for the skill with which he pictures the life of the Jews.