Anzia Yezierska

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Anzia Yezierska


Born
Mały Płock, Poland
Died
November 21, 1970

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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 school in the United States for only two years, Yezierska started working by selling homemade paper bags, sewing buttons, and rolling cigars. Later she worked in sweatshops and laundries. Yezierska quarreled often with her father, who devoted all of his time to Talmudic study and traditional ideas. Largely due to this, she left home in 1899 and rented
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More books by Anzia Yezierska…
“When I only begin to read, I forget I'm on this world. It lifts me on wings with high thoughts.”
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“I saw that "success," "failure," "poverty", "riches," were price tags, money values of the market place which had mesmerized and sidetracked me for years.”
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“For a little while when we were lovers I breathed the air from the high places where love comes from, and I can't no more come down.”
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