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Anzia Yezierska (1885-1970) was born in a mud hut in the village of Pinsk to Jewish parents living in poverty near the border between Russia and Poland. At fifteen she emigrated with her family to New York City, where she worked in a sweatshop while she studied English at night school. After three years she was granted a scholarship at Columbia University to train as a domestic-science teacher. In 1910 she was briefly married to an attorney, and then she married a teacher. Yezierska gave birth to a daughter, but she found life as a wife and mother so oppressive that she gave up her child to her husband's care. For the rest of her life she devoted herself to her career as a writer. - Bedford 

Primary Works

Hungry Hearts, 1920 (stories); Salome of the Tenements, 1922; Children of Loneliness, 1923 (stories); Bread Givers, 1925; Arrogant Beggar, 1927; All I Could Never Be, 1932; Red Ribbon on a White Horse, 1950 (autobiographical).

Bread givers: a novel: a struggle between a father of the Old World and a daughter of the New. with an introd. by Alice Kessler Harris. NY: G. Braziller, 1975 1925. PS3547 E95 B7

The open cage: an Anzia Yezierska collection. selected and with an introd. by Alice Kessler-Harris ; afterword by Louise Levitas Henriksen. NY: Persea Books, 1979. PS3547.E95 O6

Hungry hearts and other stories. NY: Persea Books, 1985. PS3547 .E95 H8

Salome of the tenements. introduction by Gay Wilentz. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1995. PS3547 .E95 S35

Arrogant Beggar. Stubbs, Katherine (introd.). Durham: Duke UP, 1996.

Selected Bibliography 1980-Present

Champion, Laurie. ed. American Women Writers, 1900-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2000.

Konzett, Delia C. Ethnic Modernisms: Anzia Yezierska, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Rhys, and the Aesthetics of Dislocation. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

Levinson, Julian. Exiles on Main Street: Jewish American Writers and American Literary Culture. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2008.

Rich, Charlotte J. Transcending the New Woman: Multiethnic Narratives in the Progressive Era. Columbia: U of Missouri P, 2009.

Schoen, Carol. Anzia Yezierska. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1982. PS3547 .E95 Z88

Simpson, Tyrone R. Ghetto Images in Twentieth-Century American Literature: Writing Apartheid. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Weber, Donald. Haunted in the New World: Jewish American Culture from Cahan to The Goldbergs. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2005.

MLA Style Citation of this Web Page

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