The central problem of assimilation and dual identity dominating every version of the Jewish pope myth is remarkably dramatized in both the life and the work of the Anglo-Jewish writer Israel Zangwill. who made his own contribution to this myth, through the medium of English, in a story that remarkably anticipates the crises ot his own life. The passage of time and the events of modern Jewish history have now made it impossible to review Zangwill's work in isolation from the events of his own life, for rarely has any Jewish writer so explicitly dramatized the conflicts of his own sense of identity in his fiction.