Salome of the Tenements

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University of Illinois Press, 1995 - Fiction - 184 pages
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 reflects Yezierska's own aborted romance with the famous educator John Dewey. Yezierska's passionate but cynical novel poses oppositions such as cultural type/stereotype, passion/reason, and ethnic identity/assimilation, and it resonates powerfully to the contemporary reader.
 

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I was deeply disappointed in this book. It certainly is unusual. A transliteration from Yiddish into English, the language takes a little getting used to, but what was even more difficult for me was ... Read full review

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Contents

Salome Meets Her Saint
1
Shopping for Simplicity
12
Jaky Solomon and Jacques Hollins
17
The Inner Temple of Fashion
21
The Democracy of Beauty
26
Manning Touches the Pulse of the People
32
Sonya Stoops to Conquer
41
The Lily Out of an AshCan
56
Love in Chaos
89
GreenwoldGods Own Eden
103
The Days After
109
The East Side Shakes Hands with Society
117
The Crumbling Temple
132
Only Paying Up
140
The Chasm
143
Tor the Truth They Burn You
154

Honest Abe
59
Passion and Roses
65
Manning Himself
73
Lipkin the Dreamer
78
The Temple of Serenity
82
The Feel of the Beautiful
164
Understanding
174
Revelation
179
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