Rise of David Levinsky

ISBN-10: 0140186875

ISBN-13: 9780140186871

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Description: A young Hasidic Jew struggling to master the Talmud seeks his fortune amid the teeming streets of New York's Lower East Side. The energy formerly focused on his religious studies now turns in the direction of rising to the top of the business world, where he discovers the high price of assimilation.

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Born in Russia in 1860 and trained as a teacher, Abraham Cahan emigrated to New York City in 1882. He documented the immigrant experience in Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto (1896) and examined the immigrant's struggle for the American dream of success in The Rise of David Levinsky (1917). His work was recognized and praised for its realism by William Dean Howells. In addition to producing a number of short story collections, he worked as a journalist and founded and edited the Yiddish newspaper Forverts (Jewish Daily Forward). His influence in the Jewish American cultural community has been extensive. Cahan was a committed socialist who fought strongly against communism.

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