“To the statue conceived in liberty, Emma Lazarus had given a new birth of freedom.”


“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses . . .” These are among the most world-famous lines of any work of American literature, and whoever hears or reads them identifies them immediately with the most famous statue in America. But that is usually where the familiarity ends. Many serendipities would be needed before these lines would come not just to be identified with the statue but to be inseparable from it in the eyes of the world.