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.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.Read Less
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Bread Givers is essential reading for feminist scholars, historians, Jewish studies scholars, students of immigrant literature, and anyone with a heart. It is one of the classic novels on early-20th century Eastern European immigration to the United States.
I absolutely loved this book; its images are inelible.
Oct 3, 2007
Jewish Patriarchy and Womanhood
Anzia Yezierska's The Breadgivers is most valuable as a fictional account of Jewish immigrant life on New York's Lower East Side in the 1920s as told from the female perspective. The father, a Torah scholar, is a patriarchal tyrant who beats each of his daughters into submission with his unending needs. The writing is naturalistic and without frills. A companion volume to Henry Roth's Call It Sleep.
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