Yezierska had earned her way to Hollywood by writing with vivid emotional power about the Jews of the immigrant community in which she grew up. In 1921 her collection of stories, Hungry Hearts, was sold to Samuel Goldwyn. Soon she was meeting the famous of the movie capital. But instead of the joyful communion with other artists she imagined, she found "the fish-market in evening clothes." She was shocked by the crassness of Hollywood and so burdened by the guilt of having made a profit from the stories of her people's sufferings that she stopped writing.
After years of silence, she found her voice again with this autobiography. Here she offers a sharp portrait of Hollywood in its golden years, as well as a revealing account of the important WPA Writers Project. Its focus on success and failure -- how they felt and what they meant to Yezierska as a woman and an artist -- make Red Ribbon on a White Horse a universal document.
Included in this edition are the original introduction by W. H. Auden and an afterword by Yezierska's daughter and biographer. Louise Levitas Henriksen.
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, novelsall autobiographicaland 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.
Table of Contents
|Chapter I||Hester Street||25|
|Chapter II||Tiled Bathroom of My Own||36|
|Chapter III||The Picture of the Century||41|
|Chapter IV||Important People||56|
|Chapter V||The Myth That Made Hollywood||63|
|Chapter VI||Not a Woman--Not a Writer||71|
|Chapter VII||My Life--A Column a Day||75|
|Chapter VIII||A Cat in the Bag||83|
|Chapter IX||Poor People||88|
|Chapter I||All Whom I Ever Loved||101|
|Chapter II||End of a Dream||114|
|Chapter III||A Woman of Letters||120|
|Chapter IV||My Last Hollywood Script||129|
|Chapter I||The Silent Years||137|
|Chapter II||The New Poor||145|
|Chapter IV||Working for the Government||156|
|Chapter V||The New Society of Arts and Letters||161|
|Chapter VI||Fellowship of Necessity||165|
|Chapter VII||Selling New York to the World||172|
|Chapter VIII||Wordage Machine||176|
|Chapter X||Jeremiah's "Dybbuk"||193|
|Chapter XI||Bread and Wine in the Wilderness||198|
|Chapter XII||Red Ribbon on a White Horse||215|