“A beautifully written account of a major figure in the history of European Jewry from the early years of emancipation. Told with elegance and imagination, this book is indispensable for those interested in the history of culture, the role of women, and the transition of the Jewish community out of the ghetto toward the center of European life.”

Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, author of Judentum und Modernität and co-editor of Vienna: Jews and the City of Music