Mary Antin


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  • ''... the aspiring immigrant ... is not content to progress alone. Solitary success is imperfect success in his eyes. He must take his family with him as he rises.''
    Mary Antin (1881-1949), U.S. socialite and author; born in Russia. The Promised Land, ch. 19 (1912). A Jew born in Russia, Antin emigrated to America with her family when she was 15 and settled in a Boston slum.
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  • ''A little instruction in the elements of chartography—a little practice in the use of the compass and the spirit level, a topographical map of the town common, an excursion with a road map—would have given me a fat round earth in place of my paper ghost.''
    Mary Antin (1881-1949), U.S. socialite and author; born in Russia. The Promised Land, ch. 10 (1912). On the deficiencies of geography teaching in elementary schools.
  • ''Outside America I should hardly be believed if I told how simply, in my experience, Dover Street merged into the Back Bay.''
    Mary Antin (1881-1949), U.S. socialite and author; born in Russia. The Promised Land, ch. 20 (1912). A Russian Jew who emigrated to the United States at age 15 and settled on Dover Street in the Boston slums, Antin attended prestigious Barnard College and made her way up into the social world represented by Boston's elite Back Bay neighborhood.
  • ''It is painful to be consciously of two worlds. The Wandering Jew in me seeks forgetfulness. I am not afraid to live on and on, if only I do not have to remember too much. A long past vividly remembered is like a heavy garment that clings to your limbs when you would run.''
    Mary Antin (1881-1949), U.S. Jewish socialite and author; born in Russia. The Promised Land, Introduction (1912). Antin, a Russian Jew, had emigrated to America at age fifteen.

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