Anzia Yezierska


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Anzia Yezierska (c. 1880 - 1970) was a Jewish-American novelist born in Maly Plock, Poland.

Anzia Yezierska was born in the 1880s in Maly Plock to Bernard and Pearl Yezierski. Her family emigrated to America around 1890, following in the footsteps of her eldest brother Meyer, who arrived to the States six years prior. They took up housing in the Lower East Side, Manhattan. Her family ... more »

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  • ''The trouble with us is that the ghetto of the Middle Ages and the children of the twentieth century have to live under one roof.''
    Anzia Yezierska (1881?-1970), Polish author. Benny, in "The Fat of the Land," Hungry Hearts and Other Stories (1920).
  • ''A man is free to go up as high as he can reach up to; but I, with all my style and pep, can't get a man my equal because a girl is always judged by her mother.''
    Anzia Yezierska (c. 1881-1970), Polish author. Fanny, in "The Fat of the Land," Hungry Hearts and Other Stories (1920). Talking of her struggle to...
  • ''Give a beggar a dime and he'll bless you. Give him a dollar and he'll curse you for witholding the rest of your fortune. Poverty is a bag with a hole at the bottom.''
    Anzia Yezierska (c. 1881-1970), Polish author. Red Ribbon on a White Horse, ch. 9 (1950).
  • ''Poverty was an ornament on a learned man like a red ribbon on a white horse.''
    Anzia Yezierska (c. 1881-1970), Polish author. Red Ribbon on a White Horse, ch. 9 (1950). Of Poland, in letter from Boruch Shlomoe Mayer to Anzia ...
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