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Salome of the Tenements (Radical Novel Reconsidered)

Salome of the Tenements (Radical Novel Reconsidered)
Author: Anzia Yezierska
ISBN 13: 9780252064357
ISBN 10: 252064356
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication Date: 1996-01-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 216
List Price: $25.00

Salome of the Tenements shocked many critics and writers when first published in 1923, but its author was immediately hailed as a major new talent. A love story of a working-class Salome and her "highborn" John the Baptist, the novel is based on the real-life story of Jewish immigrant Rose Pastor's fairytale romance with the millionaire socialist Graham Stokes. It also reflects Yezierska's own aborted romance with the famous educator John Dewey. Yezierska's passionate but cynical novel poses oppositions such as cultural type/stereotype, passion/reason, and ethnic identity/assimilation, and it resonates powerfully to the contemporary reader.