Voices from the hearth

Isidore Ascher (1835-1933), Voices From The Hearth: A collection of verses. Montreal: John Lovell / New York: D. Appleton, 1863. Courtesy Internet Archive.

Isidore Gordon Gottschalk Ascher (1835-1933) was a British-born Canadian poet and novelist.


Ascher was born in Glasgow in 1835, the eldest son of Isaac Gottschalk Ascher and brother of Jacob Ascher.[1]

His family moved to Canada in 1841, and Isidore received his education at Montreal High School. He then attended McGill University where he graduated in Law.[1]

He was called to the Bar in 1862, but returned to England in 1864 and became a novelist and poet.[1][2]

In 1872 he married Lilly, eldest daughter of Samuel Newman.

Ascher was a founder of Temple Emanu-El a Reform congregation founded in 1882, and an inaugural committee member of the Young Men's Hebrew Benevolent Society when established in 1863 in Montreal.[3] This society later became the Baron de Hirsch Institute and Benevolent Society,[4] an important North American charitable institution.(Citation needed)

Ascher died in London.


His early work, Voices From The Hearth, was published in Montreal in 1863, prior to his move to England, and received some praise:

Though not without occasional defects, which seem more the result of carelessness than of inability to do better, this volume reveals a subtle and delicate imagination, earnest and tender aspirations after the beautiful and the true, and, in several pieces, a rich musical harmony, which is full of promise of higher achievement in future, should Mr. Ascher continue to work the vein he has so auspiciously opened.[5]

His novel An Odd Man's Story is the tale of a man who was duped by a rascal of a brother aided by a weak wife. There is no special reason for the tale, though it opens in a manner which seems to promise something a little out of the common.[6]




  • Circumstances Alter Cases. London, New York: Samuel French, 1888.[7]


  • An Odd Man's Story. London: Elliott Stock / Montreal: William Foster Brown, 1889
    • British Library (Historical Print Editions), 2010.[6]
  • The Doom Of Destiny. London: Diprose & Bateman, 1895.
  • A Social Upheaval: A novel in twelve parts. London: Greening, 1898.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Rand, Theodore H. (1901). "Treasury of Canadian Verse". Ayer Publishing. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  2. "ASCHER, ISIDORE GORDON Voices from the Hearth: A Collection of Verses". Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  3. "Canada". Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  4. "Jewish Family Services/Baron de Hirsch Institute Collection". Montreal: Jewish Public Library. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  5. Edward Hartley Dewart, ed (1864). Selections from Canadian poets. Retrieved 9 Nov 2009. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Atlantic monthly (Atlantic Monthly Co.) 65. 1800. Retrieved 9 Nov 2009. 
  7. Search results: Isidore Ascher, Open Library, Web, May 15, 2011.
  8. Search results = au:Isidore G. Ascher, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, June 29, 2013.

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