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Red Ribbon on a White Horse: My Story

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Here is Anzia Yezierska's life story, from the Polish ghetto to the sweatshops of New York's Lower East Side, from success as a writer in Hollywood in the 1920s to disillusionment and a return to poverty. With courage and emotion, Yezierska reveals what success and failure felt like and what they meant to her, as a woman and as an artist.
Paperback, 284 pages
Published October 20th 2004 by Persea (first published 1981)
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Jeremy
Jun 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
It pains me to give such a blisteringly negative review to a book by a distant relative, but my great aunt Anzia Yezierska wrote a memoir that is neither amusing nor factual. It contains within it the worst sins of the rest of her writings, without the coherence and poignancy that save the best of her work. Red Ribbon is relentlessly banal in its prose and in its observations. The same emotional rollercoaster is taken again and again. Anzia feels worthless and without talent. Suddenly, somehow, ...more
Kressel Housman
Oct 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, especially Jewish women and writers
This is one of my favorite books EVER. It is the story of how immigrant writer Anzia Yezierska became the J.K. Rowling of her day, how she lost it all in the Depression, and most of all, her yearning for the Judaism she left behind.
Elaine
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Anzia Yezierska arrived from the Pale of Settlement, without a penny or a word of English to her name. Her father told her she would amount to nothing. She worked in a sweatshop and studied English at night. Her stories about the people who populated her tenement and ghetto streets were rejected by numerous magazines until one of them one a prize. And the prize turned into a Hollywood contract and a glittering life. Then came the Depression, and, once again penniless, she joined the WPA Writers ...more
Ryan Mishap
Oct 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal-writing
Memoir of the great Jewish immigrant writer from the early part of the 1900's. Skips most of her personal life to focus on going from the extreme of poverty to the excess wealth of Hollywood when her stories were purchased for a movie. After that failure, she talks about working for the WPA during the depression. Read her novels and story collection, then check this out.
Tracy
Apr 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
I loved the way she questioned how her life was changing. Even as her novels were accepted for publication, she never felt that she fit in. I particularly appreciated the class consciousness of her memoir & other books.
Nicole
Jun 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: culture, judaism
interesting so far.
Becky
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography-memoir
I will definitely read her fiction someday soon.
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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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