By Anzia Yezierska
In tales that draw seriously on her personal lifestyles, Anzia Yezierska portrays the immigrant's fight to turn into a "real" American, in such tales as "Yekl," "Hunger," "The fats of the Land," and "How i discovered America." Set quite often in New York's decrease East facet, the tales brilliantly evoke the oppressive surroundings of crowded streets and tacky tenements and lay naked the depression of households trapped in unspeakable poverty, operating at demeaning jobs, and dealing with the hardly hidden prejudices in their new land.
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This dream, it may be acknowledged, offered Yezierska with an id problem she looked as if it would locate unresolvable. between her final phrases, her daughter tells us, have been questions she scribbled in her pocket workstation: “Who am I? What am I? ” As a lady in her past due eighties, close to loss of life, she was once nonetheless beset through uncertainties approximately her self that she may well hint again to her very beginnings, to the date of her delivery. She used to be nonetheless probing the secret of id that, nearly fifty years past, she had dramatized in Hungry Hearts. The narrator of “How i discovered America,” “half deadened” by way of the sweatshop’s clatter and roar, attempts “to imagine, to consider, to remember—what am I —who am I—why used to be I the following? ” Such recurrent questions have been inseparable in Yezierska’s writings from a cry within the immigrant woman’s center: “America—America—where was once the US? ” “I’m nonetheless looking America,” the narrator says in “How i discovered America,” phrases that may function the epigraph to Hungry Hearts. The presentness of looking is apt, suggestive of Yezierska’s relevance to modern readers attempting to comprehend occasions of our time. For during this time, humans from all countries—Mexicans, Haitians, Vietnamese, chinese language, Cubans—are nonetheless looking the land in their desires. They, too, have hungry hearts. They, too, have “come to the US . . . to make whatever attractive” from their lives. the tale in their quest is prefigured within the disquieting tales Anzia Yezierska tells in Hungry Hearts—a e-book approximately immigrants of the earlier whose lives are immediately inspiring, cautionary, comedian, complex and conflicted, modern of their struggles, and never unheroic. feedback FOR extra examining ANZIA YEZIERSKA’S WRITINGS Hungry Hearts. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1920. Hungry Hearts and different tales. 1920. advent via Alice Kessler-Harris. long island: Persea, 1985. Salome of the Tenements. 1923. advent by way of homosexual Wilentz. Urbana: college of Illinois Press, 1995. young children of Loneliness. London: Cassell, 1923. Bread Givers: a fight among a father of the previous global and a daughter of the hot. 1925. advent by way of Alice Kessler-Harris. ny: Persea, 1975. conceited Beggar. 1927. Durham, N. C. : Duke college Press, 1996. All i may by no means Be. manhattan: Brewer, 1932. pink Ribbon on a White Horse: My tale. 1950. advent via W. H. Auden. Afterword through Louise Levitas Henriksen. big apple: Persea, 1987. The Open Cage: An Anzia Yezierska assortment. creation by means of Alice Kessler-Harris. Afterword via Louise Levitas Henriksen. big apple: Persea, 1979. similar READINGS Bergland, Betty Ann. “Disidentification and Dislocation: Anzia Yezierska’s crimson Ribbon on a White Horse. ” In “Reconstructing the ‘Self ’ in the US: styles in Immigrant Women’s Autobiography. ” Ph. D. diss. , college of Minnesota, 1990, 169- 244. Boydston, Jo Ann, ed. The Poems of John Dewey. Carbondale: Southern Illinois collage Press, 1977. Dearborn, Mary V. “Anzia Yezierska and the Making of an Ethnic American Self. ” within the Invention of Ethnicity. Ed. Werner Sollors. manhattan: Oxford college Press, 1989, 105-123.