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Salome of the Tenements

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Salome of the Tenements shocked many critics and writers when first published in 1923, but its author was immediately hailed as a major new talent. A love story of a working-class Salome and her highborn John the Baptist, the novel is based on the real-life story of Jewish immigrant Rose Pastor's fairytale romance with the millionaire socialist Graham Stokes. It also refle ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by University of Illinois Press (first published 1923)
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Nov 21, 2011 El rated it it was ok
Sonya is a poor Russian-Jewish immigrant; John Manning is the upper-crust WASP. This is their love story, of sorts, based on the question: How did these two even get together? Turns out the answer is Manning is in the business of helping the poor, and Sonya... well, Sonya is rather manipulative. She is, after all, the Salome of the tenements. As a modern woman, this isn't an easy book to read at times. The Radical Novel Reconsidered publication made me think that Sonya would be a real bad-ass, a ...more
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Apr 08, 2011 Wiction Craft rated it it was ok
Sonya is pissing me off immensely
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una ragazza povera e ardente che cerca di sollevarsi dalla miseria del ghetto ebreo di new york. un miliardario filantropo, un corteggiamento serrato e folle, la ricerca disperata della bellezza salvifica, il matrimonio e due mondi inconciliabili che non si incontreranno mai, gli abissi della disperazione e la rivincita. la verità è che davanti all'amore non esistono differenze sociali né ricchezza e povertà.
modernissimo romanzo degli anni '20.
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Apr 04, 2013 Shiran Avni barmatz rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book very much. If I could read it in one sitting, I probably would have. The ending was a bit disappointing. I felt as though Yezierska had enough of the novel and didn't complete it properly.
Nov 19, 2008 Marie rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful period piece dealing with social issues esp. those affecting Russian/American women. Interesting love story too. A great read!
Apr 24, 2009 Leslie rated it really liked it
Shelves: grad-school
Made me thing a lot about beauty, the "ready-made" clothing industry, and immigration
Ryan Mishap
Nov 03, 2008 Ryan Mishap rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-novels
a 1920's "love" story that nails the rich and their so-called charity.
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Date of Birth: 1885
Date of Death: 1970

Anzia Yezierska, the youngest of nine children, was born into poverty circa 1885 in Russian Poland. Her family immigrated to the Lower East Side of Manhattan around 1892. Immigration officials used the oldest child's name, Mayer, as the last name of the family and switched Anzia's name to Harriet, and so she became Hattie Mayer. After attending elementary scho
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