First Edition of Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers; Inscribed by Her
Bread Givers: A Novel.
Item Number: 88943
Doubleday, Page & Company: Garden City, NY, 1925.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Marjorie Kellbery from an enthusiast of your splendid work. Anzia Yezierska.” Very good in the rare original dust jacket with rubbing and wear.
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 youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against her father's rigid conception of Jewish womanhood. Sarah's struggle towards independence and self-fulfillment resonates with a passion all can share. Beautifully redesigned page for page with the previous editions, Bread Givers is an essential historical work with enduring relevance. In The New York Times Book Review September 13, 1925 article “Turbulent Folkways of the Ghetto in a New Novel”, critic from Doubleday, Page & Co. claims "Bread Givers" is a narrative about struggle in defeat and achievement within a community of Old World and New World standards. Bread Givers demonstrates the cultural differences within a Jewish-American household, traditional vs idealism.