Salome of the Tenements

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Transaction Pub Large Print, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 235 pages
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Salome is a gritty portrait of life on the Lower East Side of New York City in the early 1900s. Wealthy philanthropists devoted to the settlement house movement make plans to eradicate poverty and to erase the more unsettling signs of foreigness found among the immigrant poor. Sonya Vrunsky is poor, smart, and beautiful. She hates being patronized and she craves the pleasure that money does buy. When the Yiddish newspaper she works for sends her off to interview a philanthropist, she decides she will marry him.

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User Review  - Marie - Goodreads

This is a wonderful period piece dealing with social issues esp. those affecting Russian/American women. Interesting love story too. A great read! Read full review

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User Review  - Goodreads

This is a wonderful period piece dealing with social issues esp. those affecting Russian/American women. Interesting love story too. A great read! Read full review

About the author (2009)

Anzia Yezierska (1882-1970)was born in Poland and came to the Lower East Side of New York with her family in 1890 when she was nine years old. By the 1920s she had risen out of poverty and become a successful writer of stories, novels all autobiographical and an autobiography, Red Ribbon on a White Horse (Persea). Her novel Bread Givers (Persea) is considered a classic of Jewish American fiction. Her acclaimed books also includeHow I Found America: Collected Stories and The Open Cage. She died in 1970.

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