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Salome of the Tenements
1923. First Edition . YEZIERSKA, Anzia. Salome of the Tenements. New York: Boni and Liveright, 1923. Octavo, original gold- and black-stamped pictorial blue cloth, original dust jacket. $4800.First edition of the controversial first novel by Yezierska—of the major writers ""on the immigrant Jewish experience, Yezierska holds a special place… no one has captured so well as she the struggle of the Jewish woman to find her own place in American life"" (ANB)— a splendid copy in the extremely elusive original dust jacket.Yezierska's Salome offers a striking glimpse into an ""important historical moment."" Her powerful and still controversial novel tells the story of a poor, immigrant Jewish woman and her marriage to a non-Jewish millionaire. Yezierska came to America as a child when her family fled pogroms in the Pale, and grew up in the dire poverty and sweatshops of New York's Lower East Side. As in all her work, including Bread Givers (1925) and her collection of stories, Hungry Hearts (1920), Salome's vibrant language is ""a rich translation of Yiddish into English… Ostensibly a story about the pitfalls of gaining love by deception,"" the novel is a bold critique of the American Dream, the melting pot, and the prevailing class bias of the era's settlement houses. ""One of the first Eastern European Jewish women authors writing in English"" (ANB), Yezierska created an unforgettable heroine in Salome, a woman who sees herself as ""consumed with hunger for heights beyond reach. I am the ache of unvoiced dreams… the unlived lives of generations stifled … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books [United States]
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