Red Ribbon on a White Horse

Red Ribbon on a White Horse

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by Anzia Yezierska, W. H. Auden
     
 

First published in 1950, Red Ribbon on a White Horse is Anzia Yezierska's autobiography, her life as she saw it, from the Polish ghetto to the sweatshops of New York's Lower East Side and then to Hollywood, where she was at the height of her success.

Yezierska had earned her way to Hollywood by writing with vivid emotional power about the Jews of the immigrant

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First published in 1950, Red Ribbon on a White Horse is Anzia Yezierska's autobiography, her life as she saw it, from the Polish ghetto to the sweatshops of New York's Lower East Side and then to Hollywood, where she was at the height of her success.

Yezierska had earned her way to Hollywood by writing with vivid emotional power about the Jews of the immigrant community in which she grew up. In 1921 her collection of stories, Hungry Hearts, was sold to Samuel Goldwyn. Soon she was meeting the famous of the movie capital. But instead of the joyful communion with other artists she imagined, she found "the fish-market in evening clothes." She was shocked by the crassness of Hollywood and so burdened by the guilt of having made a profit from the stories of her people's sufferings that she stopped writing.

After years of silence, she found her voice again with this autobiography. Here she offers a sharp portrait of Hollywood in its golden years, as well as a revealing account of the important WPA Writers Project. Its focus on success and failure -- how they felt and what they meant to Yezierska as a woman and an artist -- make Red Ribbon on a White Horse a universal document.

Included in this edition are the original introduction by W. H. Auden and an afterword by Yezierska's daughter and biographer. Louise Levitas Henriksen.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892550531
Publisher:
Persea Books
Publication date:
05/28/1981
Pages:
226

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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