A short Anzia Yezierska biography describes Anzia Yezierska’s life, times, and work. Also explains the historical and literary context that influenced Bread Givers . Bread Givers has ratings and reviews. BlackOxford said: Male LiberationA gem in so many dimensions: King Lear with an extra daughter, a proto. Anzia Yezierska, Bread Givers (New York, ). Chapter 1: Hester Street. I had just begun to peel the potatoes for dinner when my oldest sister Bessie came in.

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She wants to be “a person” in her own eyes and the eyes of the world, and perceives her home of origin—a cramped tenement on Hester Street—to be below the “bottom starting point” on the road to this goal. I could really identify with Sara’s struggle to get an education and become a teacher, because that’s what I want to do myself although of course I haven’t had to yezietska nearly as hard. Show our lawyer how to speak.

One can only celebrate the protagonist Sara’s escape and victorious quest to remake herself as an American and a teacher. Jan 10, Aymen Alramadhan rated it it giverss amazing Shelves: As her life goes on, she never gave up at all. It reads as fresh and possibly as scandalously as it did in As the kitchen was packed with furniture, so the front room was packed with Father’s books.

Sep 23, nicole rated it really liked it. My own daughter, living in the same house with us, asking, ‘Why did the landlady come? This is really the ultimate “girl power” book, and considering that it was written in the s, ahead of its time.

This book is set in the s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan on Hester Street about a girl named Sara Smolin The beginning of the book has a discussion about the significance of the novel and what happened to the author and why it was not published until 75 years after its initial publication.

Each sigh of pity from the passers-by, each penny thrown into the plate was another stab into our burning shame. I could really identify with Sara’s struggle to get an education and yezirska a teacher, because that’s what I want to do myself although of course I haven’t had to work Semi-autobiographical work by a Jewish-American female author, Anzia Yezierska.

And yezierksa that day, the sight of her toothbrush on the shelf and her white, fancy towel by itself on the wall was like a sign to us all, that Mashah had no heart, no feelings, that millionaire things willed themselves in her empty head, while the rest of us were wearing out our brains for only a bite in the mouth. Largely due to this, she left home in and rented a room at the Clara de Hisch Home for Working Girls.


The cheek of those dirty immigrants! Her clothes were always so new and fresh, without the least little wrinkle, like the dressed-up doll lady from the show window of the grandest department brsad. This Week in History. Hester Street I had just begun to peel the potatoes for dinner when my oldest sister Bessie came in, her eyes far away and very tired. So loud was my yelling, for my little size, that people stopped to look at me.

In this sense, Sara’s comment about her family’s living quarters is strictly true: I saw Mashah go to a pushcart of frankfurters.

When we came to America, instead of taking along feather beds, and the samovar, and the brass pots and pans, like other people, Father made us carry his books. A story of culture and poverty struggle of an extremly poor, highly religious immigrant family merging into the new culture of the new world: Sara, for example, has moments of admiration for her father’s guvers to his Torah studies, but he is largely incapable of admiration for her own drive to educate herself, let alone of respecting her on her own terms.

Concerned, Sara walks her father home and begins to care for him by asking time off from teaching.

This was written in so a reminder that feminism as analysis of the suppression of women as distinct from the struggle for the vote didn’t just start in the s and s. Sara Smolinsky, lives a hard life.

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Now say it again,” he commanded. The next morning he brought it back and with a shining face declared, “I got it all right now, Teacher! Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The past is ever present, no matter how hard we try to leave it behind.

After attending elementary school in the United States for only two years, Yezierska started working by selling homemade paper bags, sewing buttons, and rolling cigars.

That time when Mashah had work hemming towels in an uptown house, she came home with another new-rich idea, another money-spending thing, which she said she had to have. Seelig’s special hobbies was English pronunciation, and since I was new to the work, he would come in sometimes to see how I was getting on.


She lived in the pleasure she got from her beautiful face, as Father lived in his Holy Torah. No wonder your father named you ‘Blut-und-Eisen. Yezierska, dubbed the “Cinderella of the Sweatshop” by the popular press, wrote Bread Givers about the daughter of an immigrant family who struggles against her Orthodox father’s rigid idea of Jewish womanhood.

A plate of pennies like a beggar’s hand reaching out of our bunch of rags.

“New York Times” reviews Yezierska’s “Bread Givers” | Jewish Women’s Archive

This book made me think of how culture can affect a person and why they act this way. But now I was so happy with my money, I didn’t think of running away, I only wanted to show them what I could do and give it away to them. She is happy, but she isn’t the Sara that she wanted to be. Was something wrong with my work? But I’m the head of this family. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

“New York Times” reviews Yezierska’s “Bread Givers”

Only if they cooked for the men, and washed for the men, and didn’t nag or curse the men out of their homes; only if they let the men study the Torah in peace, then, maybe, they could push themselves into Heaven with the men to wait on them there.

This is a heartbreaking book, but I thank my grandparents for leaving their homes and coming to this country. Published August 1st by Persea first published Mar 19, Katie Hanna rated it really liked it. I celebrated her Sara’s strength of conviction to continue with her studies in the face of hunger, isolation, and discouragement. Not only can you relate this to history and immigration, but you can also relate it to the desire for independence.

No food was on the table. I love books about immigrants during the early 20th century.