Bread Givers

Bread Givers

By Anzia Yezierska; Alice Kessler-Harris (Foreword by)

Persea Books, Paperback, 9780892552900, 336pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2003

This masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the 1920s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against her father's rigid conception of Jewish womanhood. Photos.

About the Author
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.

Alice Kessler-Harris, professor of history at Rutgers University, is author of "Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States".