Red Ribbon on a White Horse

Red Ribbon on a White Horse

by Anzia Yezierska, W. H. Auden




First published in 1950, Red Ribbon on a White Horse is Anzia Yezierska's autobiography, her life as she saw it, from the Polish ghetto to the sweatshops of New York's Lower East Side and then to Hollywood, where she was at the height of her success.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892550531
Publisher: Persea Books
Publication date: 05/28/1981
Pages: 226

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.

Table of Contents

Part 1
Chapter IHester Street25
Chapter IITiled Bathroom of My Own36
Chapter IIIThe Picture of the Century41
Chapter IVImportant People56
Chapter VThe Myth That Made Hollywood63
Chapter VINot a Woman--Not a Writer71
Chapter VIIMy Life--A Column a Day75
Chapter VIIIA Cat in the Bag83
Chapter IXPoor People88
Part 2
Chapter IAll Whom I Ever Loved101
Chapter IIEnd of a Dream114
Chapter IIIA Woman of Letters120
Chapter IVMy Last Hollywood Script129
Part 3
Chapter IThe Silent Years137
Chapter IIThe New Poor145
Chapter IIIRelief149
Chapter IVWorking for the Government156
Chapter VThe New Society of Arts and Letters161
Chapter VIFellowship of Necessity165
Chapter VIISelling New York to the World172
Chapter VIIIWordage Machine176
Chapter IXPayday182
Chapter XJeremiah's "Dybbuk"193
Chapter XIBread and Wine in the Wilderness198
Chapter XIIRed Ribbon on a White Horse215

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