By the Waters of Manhattan (Paperback)
Black Sparrow Press, 9781574232141, 170pp.
Publication Date: September 15, 2008
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By the Waters of Manhattan was Charles Reznikoff's first novel, published in 1930. Part family saga, part Bildungsroman, and part unrequited love story, the novel follows the lives of a Jewish family at the turn of the century from Elizavetgrad, Russia to Brownsville, Brooklyn, birthplace of the novel's protagonist, Ezekiel, a young poet in search of ways to feed his stomach and his soul. Like Walt Whitman, Hart Crane, and Henry Roth, Reznikoff's subject is as much the great island of Manhattan, as it is its inhabitants.