All I Could Never Be: A Novel

All I Could Never Be: A Novel




A rediscovered novel by Anzia Yezierska, author of Bread Givers, a modern classic of the Jewish American tradition. “The capstone of her work.” –Alice Kessler-Harris

In this heartfelt novel, written in 1932, Fanya Ivanowna, a Polish Jew from New York’s Lower East Side, meets Henry Scott, a well-bred professor who first helps her fulfill her ambition to become a writer, then falls in love with her—but only to change his mind and rebuff her socially. Fanya is hurt, but instead of returning to the ghetto to live among “her own people,” as so many have done before her, she decides to continue to better herself, to become more American. She moves to a small New England town, where she meets her soulmate, a non-Jewish Polish immigrant, and prepares to make a home.

A moving portrait of an indomitable immigrant woman, as well as an early and optimistic story of Jewish assimilation and inter-marriage, with an introduction by Dr. Catherine Rottenberg, who places the book within the context of Yezierska’s work and Jewish American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892554652
Publisher: Persea Books
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Anzia Yezierska (1882-1970)was born in Poland and came to the Lower
East Side of New York with her family in 1890 when she was nine years old. By the 1920s she had risen out of poverty and become a successful writer of stories, novels—all autobiographical—and an autobiography, Red Ribbon on a White
Horse (Persea). Her novel Bread
Givers (Persea) is considered a classic of Jewish American fiction. Her acclaimed books also includeHow I Found America: Collected Stories and The Open Cage. She died in 1970.

Catherine Rottenberg teaches American literature and gender studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

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