Salome of the Tenements
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Salome of the Tenements

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 137.16 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252064356
  • 9780252064357
  • 423,493

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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.show more

Review quote

"Both a biting critique of the liberal paternalism of the Progressive era and a utopian vision of assimilation and upward mobility." --The Nationshow more

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136 ratings
3.3 out of 5 stars
5 15% (21)
4 29% (39)
3 32% (44)
2 18% (25)
1 5% (7)
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