. . . Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
Sadly, Emma Lazarus died from cancer shortly after a trip to France in 1887. She did not live to see her poem engraved on the plaque attached to the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1903, but her voice has become an immortal part of the American landscape.
http://www.jwa.org/exhibits/wov/lazarus/: A thorough overview of the life of Emma Lazarus compiled by the Jewish Women's Archive.
Lazarus, Emma. Admetus and Other Poems. New York: Hurd and Houghton, 1871.
Lazarus, Emma. Alide: An Episode of Goethe's Life. Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott, 1874.
Lefer, Dinae. Emma Lazarus. New York: Chelsea House, 1988.
Levinson, Nancy Smiler. I lift my lamp: Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty. New York: Dutton, 1986.
Young, Bette Roth. Emma Lazarus in her World: Life and
Letters. Philadelphia. Jewish Publication Society, 1995.