Allegra Maud Goldman

Allegra Maud Goldman

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by Edith Konecky, Alix Kates Shulman, Tillie Olsen, Bella Brodzki, Tillie Olsen
     
 

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Beloved by readers of all ages since its first appearance in 1976, Allegra Maud Goldman tracks the coming to consciousness of a feisty and sharply observant Jewish girl growing up in 1930s Brooklyn. Allegra encounters the usual trials of bourgeois childhood—the confinement of first schooldays, the confusion of fumbled sex education, the humiliations of

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Beloved by readers of all ages since its first appearance in 1976, Allegra Maud Goldman tracks the coming to consciousness of a feisty and sharply observant Jewish girl growing up in 1930s Brooklyn. Allegra encounters the usual trials of bourgeois childhood—the confinement of first schooldays, the confusion of fumbled sex education, the humiliations of dress-shopping—and a world that seems determined to stifle her creativity and aspirations. She faces it all with a wisdom and wit that both delight and inspire.

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"One of those bright, eye-catching things that come in small packages—Allegra Maud Goldman is a charming nudzh. Notice her." —Kirkus

"Allegra Maud Goldman is one of those rare delights, a novel of childhood. . . that is as wise and true as it is funny. . . There is probably something for everybody in this short, funny book that had me laughing and crying to the last page." —Ms. magazine

"One of the rare and precious portraits of the artist as a young girl." —Tillie Olsen

"I remember reading Allegra Maud Goldman as a child. And I remember thinking even then that the novel was unusual for its mordant wit and unsentimental perspective on the Jewish family and Jewish girlhood. As only the best novels and memoirs do, this book brings to life a vanished time and place." —Allegra Goodman

"Allegra Maud Goldman is the epitome of a certain kind of precocity. Edith Konecky has the uncanny facility of making us feel we've been where Allegra is—and so we have, alas." —Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As Allegra, an upper-middle-class Jewish girl in pre-WW II Brooklyn, ages from three to 13, she expresses her precocious opinions of school and family and attempts to defy the sometimes stifling, ``safe'' lifestyle in which she is raised. In its 1976 review, PW found this tale ``appealing and often very funny.'' (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558612815
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Edition description:
25th Anniversary
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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Allegra Maud Goldman 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Lovergirlloveroflife More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books ever. It is amazing to me that it is/was not a bestseller. Well, it shouldn't be amazing; most bestsellers are pure and horrible crap. This is literature at it's finest. A brilliant buildingsroman by a very interesting and special woman, who was also a very interesting a special little girl.