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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 18, 2011 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
Wiction Craft
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Sonya is pissing me off immensely
Audrey Wolfe
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Emma Getz
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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"We kill the divine in us. We kill the beauty in those we love. But the very killing makes immortal the contact."
Nov 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: americana, donne
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.
Shiran Avni
Feb 23, 2013 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.
Apr 24, 2009 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 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-novels
a 1920's "love" story that nails the rich and their so-called charity.
Nov 19, 2008 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 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If this novel had not been based upon the real life story of Rose Pastor and Graham Stokes, I would have thought that this was a women's fantasy cum morality play. But it is much more than that. It compares the passion of the immigrant upstart to the cold, analystical mind of the anglo-saxon blue-blood. It talks of the power of having "fire" in your belly and a driving personality to make dreams come true. It shows the scientific methods of how to help the downtrodden without ever consulting tho ...more
Emma Probst
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! The language is beautiful and I think the end is inspiring as well as sincere. It is great to finally have a female Quixote figure who isn't just upset with romance and seduction. It might seem like that later in the book, but hold on for a little while and near the end, you will see it fit into something else. Yezierska's language is beautiful, at some points too beautiful for the story that it is describing. There are a lot of phenomenal quotes about beauty, passion, ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-york-setting
I read this book to prepare for a booktalk at the end of the month. Otherwise, I would not have finished it. The fact that it was published under Radical Novels Reconsidered gave me hope that I might like it. This is a series of mid-century, left-wing books, re-issued in the 1990s, with new biographical information. The introduction by Gay Wilentz was the best part of the book. See El's review on Goodreads for a book review..
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable novel. Sonya is indeed, "full of life" and a likeable character. Definitely a forgotten classic.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Really interesting in the historical context.
Reads like early Jewish theater in NY - dramatic, histrionic, melodramatic.
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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