“There is justice nowhere for a fool. A fool they whip even in the Holy Temple”: First Edition of Anzia Yezierska's The Bread Givers

  • Bread Givers: A Novel.

Bread Givers: A Novel.


Item Number: 42014

Garden City, NY : Doubleday, Page & Company, 1925.

First edition of the author’s classic novel. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition with light rubbing.

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.

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