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Anzia Yezierska (1880–1970)

Autor(a) de Bread Givers

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About the Author

Image credit: Lima News (Ohio), July 3rd, 1922.

Obras de Anzia Yezierska

Bread Givers (1925) 1,242 cópias
Hungry Hearts (1920) 191 cópias
Salome of the Tenements (1923) 64 cópias
Arrogant Beggar (1927) 63 cópias
Soap and Water (2020) 2 cópias
All I Never Could Be (2020) 2 cópias
Wings (2021) 1 exemplar(es)
"The Fat of the Land" 1 exemplar(es)
My Own People 1 exemplar(es)
The Free Vacation House 1 exemplar(es)
The Miracle 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Contribuinte — 282 cópias
The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (1998) — Contribuinte — 132 cópias
Growing Up Jewish: An Anthology (1970) — Contribuinte — 124 cópias
America and I: Short Stories by American Jewish Women Writers (1990) — Contribuinte — 118 cópias
Calling Home: Working-Class Women's Writings (1990) — Contribuinte — 72 cópias
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuinte — 69 cópias
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Contribuinte — 56 cópias
The old East Side, an anthology (1969) — Contribuinte — 42 cópias
Women's Friendships: A Collection of Short Stories (1991) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
Almost Touching the Skies: Women's Coming of Age Stories (2000) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
American Short Stories (1978) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Mayer, Hattie
Mayer, Harriet
Levitas, Anzia Mayer
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
País (para mapa)
Local de nascimento
Mały Płock, Poland, Russian Empire
Local de falecimento
Ontario, California, USA
Locais de residência
New York, New York, USA
San Francisco, California, USA
Hollywood, California, USA
Columbia University (Teachers College)
social worker
short story writer
Ager, Cecelia (niece)
Henriksen, Louise Levitas (daughter)
Alexander, Shana (grand-niece)
Stokes, Rose Pastor (friend)
Pequena biografia
Anzia Yezierska was born in the Russian-Polish village of Plinsk (or Plotsk) to Pearl and Bernard Yezierska, an impoverished Jewish Talmudic scholar. She was one of the couple's 10 children. From an early age, she was determined to obtain an education. The family emigrated to the USA in about 1900. Anzia moved out of the family's tenement home to become independent of her father and took various jobs, including in sweatshops. She went to night school in order to learn English. She won a scholarship that enabled her to attend Columbia University Teacher's College. She taught elementary school from 1908 to 1913, with a brief leave of absence to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she studied acting and became involved in radical socialist circles. She began to write fiction that often focused on the problems experienced by immigrant Jewish women and their families in America. In 1910, she married Jacob Gordon, a lawyer, but left him the next day. The following year, she married Arnold Levitas, a typography teacher and printer, and the couple had a daughter; they divorced in 1916. Anzia published her first story, "The Fat of the Land," in 1919, which led to a contract for her first book, Hungry Hearts (1920), a collection of her short stories. It was a bestseller, and Goldwyn Pictures paid her $10,000 for the rights to make a 1922 silent film based on it, and brought her to Hollywood to work on the screenplay. Over the next decade, she published three novels, Salome of the Tenements (1923), Bread Givers (1925), and Arrogant Beggar (1927). She was involved in a romantic liasion with educator John Dewey, who was more than 20 years her senior. She addressed the relationship fictionally in All I Could Never Be (1932) and in her autobiography Red Ribbon on a White Horse (1950). It also was fictionalized in Norma Rosen's book John and Anzia: An American Romance (1989).



Here's what I wrote in 2014 about this read: "Very nice. Novel inspired by author's experience as Polish Jewish immigrant girl who wants to pursue the "American Dream" in the early years of the 20th century, her way. Whetted appetite to again visit the Tenament Museum in NYC."
MGADMJK | outras 27 resenhas | Jun 13, 2024 |
Bread Givers was written in 1925 but is still pertinent. Sara Smolinsky is one of 4 daughters of Polish Jews who immigrated to New York. There's not one healthy marriage in the group. Yet, her miserable mother and sisters insist that her ultimate life goal has to be marriage and babies while she insists on education. (Sound familiar?) As her father keeps insisting, a woman without a man is nothing. Well, that's not exactly right. They're workhorses, that's their job, and they take it on. How forgiving these women have to be. The father refers to himself, and husbands in general, as breadgivers, but the book shows who is in charge of nourishing the family if not themselves.… (mais)
Citizenjoyce | outras 27 resenhas | Jun 4, 2024 |
Super easy to read but slightly boring at times.
highlandcow | outras 27 resenhas | Mar 13, 2024 |
Loved the book & enjoyed googling the yiddish words afterwards.
The author tells the story in a way I would expect to hear someone "telling" verbally.

One edit question towards the end of the book, Adele makes mention to "years at the home" (for women) was a surprise. When reading through the first time, it was not obvious (to me) that Adele was at the home for women for several years....it felt/read like within a year or short period of time.

Highly recommend and will likely reread many times.… (mais)
maitrigita | 1 outra resenha | Oct 27, 2022 |



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