A short Anzia Yezierska biography describes Anzia Yezierska’s life, times, and work. Also explains the historical and literary context that influenced Bread Givers . Bread Givers has ratings and reviews. BlackOxford said: Male LiberationA gem in so many dimensions: King Lear with an extra daughter, a proto. Anzia Yezierska, Bread Givers (New York, ). Chapter 1: Hester Street. I had just begun to peel the potatoes for dinner when my oldest sister Bessie came in.

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His eyes were raised to God.

“New York Times” reviews Yezierska’s “Bread Givers” | Jewish Women’s Archive

If you have the fear of God in your heart, you will yourself see that at least half her giivers should go to her poor old father who is a smarter man as she is a teacher. If I take my lunch money for something pretty that I got to have, it don’t hurt you none. W This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. He was just plain human.

Give only a look what ‘Blood-and-iron’ has done. Take in your boarders, only breaad have peace in the house. That today we’re eating the last loaf of bread that the grocer trusted me? But to marry myself to a man that’s a person, I must first make myself for a person.

“New York Times” reviews Yezierska’s “Bread Givers”

And the Good Angel explained to her that the chunk of gold that her husband had given her the night before was the missing leg of their table. Was something wrong with my work? Reb Smolinsky explains he does not have the money.


Her fiction centered upon the lives of Eastern European Jewish immigrants in New York City around the turn of the century. On the other hand, I did not like the way Yezierska wrote the sequence of the events: Sep 01, Patricia rated it really liked it.

I cringe at the sentences, but they convey substantial tones and emotions. I’m willing braed give up all my earthly needs for the wine of Heaven with you.

You can be serious about the philosophical dialogues among the characters, but yeziesrka will end up finding them funny. Let them laugh at me.

But now, it reminds me of how far American women have come in the last years, how hard those battles were, and what a threat fundamentalist men still are to our well-being. I’m not a thief. They were just peddling their little bit of education for a living, the same as any pushcart peddler. There was Aby Zuker, the brightest eleven-year-old boy in my class of fifty. Feeling successful, Sara returns home to find her mother fatally ill.

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

Yezierska won a scholarship to Teacher’s College, part of Columbia University in In this case, the daughters were expected breaad earn enough money to provide sustenance for the family while their father was free to “study”, preach and dictate every whim of expected behavior.

The Smolinskys’ struggle to pay their rent to the landlord, resulting in a confrontation between the landlord’s rent collector and Reb Smolinsky. Fearing that she was a victim of class prejudice, she went to John Dewey, the dean of Teacher’s College, for help.


A Jewish face, and yet none of the greedy eagerness of Hester Street any more. The keen, kind, gray eyes. What a long way I had to go yet before I could become so wholly absorbed in my work as he. He enjoyed it greatly and suggested I read it, too. I danced into our kitchen. Jul 17, Shira Reiss rated it really liked it. This is a heartbreaking book, but I thank my grandparents for leaving their homes and coming to this country.

Soon the heavens opened, and a Hand reached down to him and gave him a big chunk of gold.

Bread Givers

No wonder there is no world peace. Eyes widened, necks stretched, ears strained not to miss a word. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

It’s a great book, although quite sad in parts. Louder yfzierska all the pushcart peddlers, louder than all the hollering noises of bargaining and selling, I cried out my herring with all the burning fire of my ten old years.