Letter: Some of My Best Tax Attorneys ...

To the Editor:

I, too, was rather surprised at Ernest Hebert’s simplistic summation of The Great Gatsby and was gratified to see so many letters to the editor about it. But I was dumbfounded by Jeffrey Hart’s. He devoted an entire paragraph to Hebert’s reference to the Meyer Wolfsheim character. But rather than point out that, while misguided, Fitzgerald’s unattractive portrayal of the Jew was indicative of the time the book was written when such Jewish stereotypes were often put forth, he simply defends it by referring to his own experience when looking for a tax expert in the 1970s. “When I entered the office, there was Meyer Wolfsheim,” merely reinforcing this prejudiced stereotype. In other words, if you want a good tax attorney, go to the Jew. I certainly hope Hart didn’t teach that to his students when he was a professor of English at Dartmouth.

Helena Binder



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