“An elegantly crafted study of the Berlin-born, Viennese Jewish Fanny von Arnstein ... What makes this book so successful in illuminating Fanny's life is that Spiel situates her in the precarious, often-times absurd, and almost exclusively anti-Semitic history of early modern and modern European Jewry, drawing on quotations from a wide range of documents. Spiel's daughter, Christine Shuttleworth, is a masterful translator of her mother's masterpiece.”

Shulamit Reinharz, director of the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center