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Alerted to who Yezierska was by this chance encounter, I paid special attention to the story ("The Fat of the Land") and enjoyed it immensely. It turns out she was, indeed, very popular in the early part of the 20th Century, and even had her work turned into movies. So today I went to a couple of used book stores in my neighborhood of San Francisco. I was blown away by the coincidence of finding her short story collection "Hungry Hearts" in the bargain rack of the first store (and a 1920 first edition, at that) and a biography of her written by her daughter in the second store! So now I have these to books on my short stack of To Be Reads.
Is anyone else familiar with this author? I thought I was pretty familiar with the cannon of Jewish American writers. Guess I'm not as smart as I thought!
The whole thing is made even cooler for me by the fact that I came upon her by chance. Happened to be reading an old anthology that had her story in it, and happened to run into a high school English teacher (and in a jazz club!) who a) wanted to see what I was reading and b) had heard of Yezierska. That made me interested to find out more!
your set-up has echo's of Roth's Ghost Writer, Paul Auster,etc.