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How I Found America: Collected Stories of Anzia Yezierska
     

How I Found America: Collected Stories of Anzia Yezierska

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by Anzia Yezierska
 
An indispensable volume of immigrant literature.
Individually, each of these 27 stories is authentic and immediate, as memorable as family history passed from one generation to the next; taken together, they comprise a vivid, enduring portrait of the struggles of immigrant Jews—particularly women—on New York's Lower East Side.

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An indispensable volume of immigrant literature.
Individually, each of these 27 stories is authentic and immediate, as memorable as family history passed from one generation to the next; taken together, they comprise a vivid, enduring portrait of the struggles of immigrant Jews—particularly women—on New York's Lower East Side.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Groping, impassioned, incandescent, Yezierska's nakedly honest stories of Jewish immigrants on New York City's Lower East Side have universal appeal. Their insistent theme is the possibility for regeneration of self in America. Herself an emigrant from the Russian-held Poland around 1890, Yezierska (1880?-1970) created sympathetic characters nearly crushed by hunger, poverty, the drudgery of sweatshops, cruel bosses, evictions, loneliness, disillusionment. Yet her people, full of fierce longings, resolve to remake their lives. Her women are torn between a desire for ``home, husband, babies . . . a breadgiver for life'' and the urge to carve out an independent identity. This volume includes the two story collections published in Yezierska's lifetime, plus seven additional pieces. Of special interest are the autobiographical sketches in which Yezierska frankly discusses her climb from poverty to sudden wealth, her brief success in Hollywood, followed by neglect, silence, a slide back into poverty, and old age. (July)
Library Journal
The Jewish immigrant experience in all its joy and pain has been captured beautifully in Yezierska's work. Her stories and novels, written from the 1920s to the 1960s, immortalized the immigrant Jews of the Lower East Side of New York, particularly the women. This collection of 27 stories--virtually all her short fiction--includes the two collections published during her lifetime, Hungry Hearts and Children of Loneliness. In ``Wings,'' a recent Russian immigrant who works as a janitor of a building on the Lower East Side fruitlessly pins her hopes on a gentleman tenant. In ``My Own People.'' Yezierska, speaking in the third person, writes, ``Would she ever become articulate enough to express beautifully what she saw and felt?'' After all, her experiences were the stifling sweatshop, a meager night-school education, and a blinding desire to express herself. These are stories of old age as well, written in the 1960s when Yezierska's reputation had waned and she was living in poverty again. Her stories capture the passionate struggle of the human spirit.-- Molly Abramowitz, Silver Springs, Md.
Los Angeles Times
“All the stories are rich with a primitive energy that rises with volcanic force.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892552115
Publisher:
Persea Books
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.17(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Anzia Yezierska (1882-1970)was born in Poland and came to the Lower
East Side of New York with her family in 1890 when she was nine years old. By the 1920s she had risen out of poverty and become a successful writer of stories, novels—all autobiographical—and an autobiography, Red Ribbon on a White
Horse (Persea). Her novel Bread
Givers (Persea) is considered a classic of Jewish American fiction. Her acclaimed books also includeHow I Found America: Collected Stories and The Open Cage. She died in 1970.

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