First, here is part of Timayenis’s bio from Metapedia:
Telemachus (Telemaque) Thomas Timayenis Ph.D. often T. T. Timayenis (1853-1918) was a Greek-American professor, novelist, playwright and one of the first published opponents of Jewish supremacism in the United States. Timayenis was also one of the first to formulate a discourse on the Jewish Question along racial lines in the United States, rather than considerations of religious doctrine.
Early lifeTimayenis was born in Smyrna, Asia Minor and educated in the schools of Athens. He came from a prominent Greek family. He father Thomas Timayenis (died May 29, 1882) was a professor of languages at the University of Athens. His mother Cotine (Fotini?) Rodacanachi Timayenis was the sister to J. M Rodacanachi the consul of Greece in Boston.
Academic careerIn 1874 Telemachus Timayenis taught at the Springfield Collegiate Institute, a preparatory school in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1879 he was a professor of classical Greek at the New York Hellenic Institute and the Chautauqua School of Languages. In 1886 he was the director of the New York School of Languages. Timayenis taught the children of some of America’s richest families including the Rockefellers.
Opposition to Jewish SupremacismIn 1888 he left his academic work and established Minerva Publishing Company in New York. Minerva Publishing was the first company in American to publish books critical of Jews. Timayenis authored three book on the Jews: The Original Mr. Jacobs: A Startling Exposé, The American Jew: An Expose of His Career, and Judas Iscariot: An Old Type in a New Form. In The Original Mr. Jacobs–a title used to explain the “real Jew”–Timayenis acknowledges the work of French journalist Edouard Drumont and his 1886 book La France Juive (Jewish France). The Original Mr. Jacobs sold over 200,000 copies and went into its thirtieth edition with twenty printings. In The American Jew Timayenis provided several illustrations showing physical characteristics on how one might identify a Jew.
Jewish reaction was predictable. They first called for a boycott of the books and when that didn’t work they began to issue death threats by mail–at times six a day–against Timayenis, his wife and child. Others offered to pay Timayenis money to destroy the plates of the books and stop exposing the activities of the Jews. Timayenis steadfastly refused and said he only wrote the truth.
Timayenis also had planned to launch an anti-Jewish paper to be called The Anti-Semite which never appeared.
The Troubles of the Writer of
“The American Jew”
New York Times, September 4, 1888
Telemaqua T. Timayenis is a Greek, and under his tuition many a New Yorker now prominent in professional and business life learned his Alpha, Beta, Kappa. Mr. Timayenis is also the author of a number of works, one of them being “The Original Mr. Jacobs,” in which he handled the Jews “without gloves.” Then his troubles commenced. The Hebrews boycotted the book and tried to suppress its circulation in every possible way, but nevertheless its sale ran up into the hundreds of thousands. Displeased with the persecution inflicted upon him by the American Hebrews, Mr. Timayenis then wrote and published in July a book dealing exclusively with them, “The American Jew.” Since its appearance Mr. Timayenis has received on an average six anonymous letters a day threatening him with death. All confidently predict that he will be a dead man before Christmas, and one letter includes both himself and his wife and child. The letters are malignant and coarse and apparently emanate from some Jews who are annoyed at the content of the book. Timayenis has communicated with the police, and now goes around armed to the teeth. He has offered an award of $500 for the detection of the writers of the letters, and the police are doing their utmost to discover the miscreants.
You are a doomed man if you go out of your house late in the evening. Two men have sworn to kill you before Christmas, but for God’s sake do not say anything about it to anyone, for my own life is in danger if it became known that I wrote you this letter. I do this not to shield your life, you dog, but not to allow one dear to me to commit a crime.“This letter was unsigned and was mailed at Station E in New York. Another letter warns me that unless I at once destroy the plates of ‘The American Jew’ a bomb will be thrown one evening into my house and will blow me into atoms, not only myself, but my family. Another letter is signed ‘A Russian Jew.’ The writer confesses himself to be a Nihilist, and says that the bombs he will throw at me ‘will do the work much more surely than those thrown against the d— policemen who attacked the Anarchists in Chicago.’ In another letter the writer requested me to announce in a daily paper the sum of money I will take to destroy the plates of ‘The American Jew’ and stop writing against the Jews. He is kind enough to tell me that at a meeting he reprimanded those advocating personal violence toward me, but unless I am willing to destroy the plates, for which the Jews are willing to pay, he is certain that before many months I will be a dead man.
“While I have not been unduly alarmed at the threats, they are exceedingly unpleasant. I appealed to the police today and now go about thoroughly armed, and as an additional precaution have engaged a man to follow me everywhere. I have no doubt these letters are written by Jews, for they evince a cowardly Jewish spirit. If I wrote anything against their race or against an individual why don’t they sue me in the courts instead of sending me cowardly letters? My life is made miserable. I have to employ men to guard me, and am obliged to go around armed to the teeth.
“This evening a man followed me from Twenty-third-street and Fourth-avenue to the Ashland house. From there he followed me to the Fifth-avenue Hotel. I then walked to the Grand Central Station, and to my amazement found the fellow still watching me. He had every appearance of a Jew. I want to ask the American people why I should be hunted down like a dog simply because I wrote two books exposing these people. I don’t profess to be a friend of the Jews, but I do maintain that I wrote nothing but the truth. The Jews may offer what they like, but can’t buy the plates from me.”