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The Rise of David Levinsky (Economy Editions)

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A rare novel that works both as history and literature, this book, offers firsthand observations of industrial America and of immigrants struggling to adapt to a life in a new land. David Levinsky, a young Hasidic Jew struggling to master the Talmud, is first seen growing up in a small Russian town. He eventually seeks his fortune in America, where he rises from the depths of poverty to become a millionaire garment merchant. A prime example of the classic rags-to-riches story, American style, Levinsky ultimately discovers the high price of assimilation. Highly recommended for readers interested in the history of the Jewish population on New York's Lower East Side, this captivating story is — in the words of literary critic Carl Van Doren — "the most important of all immigrant novels."

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A young Hasidic Jew seeks his fortune in New York's Lower East Side. He turns from his religious studies to focus on the business world, where he discovers the high price of assimilation.

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Acclaimed by literary critic Carl Van Doren as "the most important of all immigrant novels," The Rise of David Levinsky takes place amid America's biggest and most diverse Yiddish-speaking community during the early 20th century. David Levinsky, a young Hasidic Jew struggling to master the Talmud, seeks his fortune amid the teeming streets of New York's Lower East Side. All 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. Author Abraham Cahan founded and edited the Jewish Daily Forward, the world's most widely read Yiddish paper, and his direct experience contributes mightily to the authenticity of this monumental work.

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ISBN:
9780486425177
Author:
Cahan, Abraham
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Abraham
Author:
Cahan
Location:
Mineola, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Clothing trade
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Millionaires
Subject:
Jewish men
Subject:
Assimilation.
Subject:
Jewish fiction.
Subject:
Lower East Side
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
American - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Value Editions
Series Volume:
no 55-4
Publication Date:
20021209
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.73 lb

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A young Hasidic Jew seeks his fortune in New York's Lower East Side. He turns from his religious studies to focus on the business world, where he discovers the high price of assimilation.
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Acclaimed by literary critic Carl Van Doren as "the most important of all immigrant novels," The Rise of David Levinsky takes place amid America's biggest and most diverse Yiddish-speaking community during the early 20th century. David Levinsky, a young Hasidic Jew struggling to master the Talmud, seeks his fortune amid the teeming streets of New York's Lower East Side. All 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. Author Abraham Cahan founded and edited the Jewish Daily Forward, the world's most widely read Yiddish paper, and his direct experience contributes mightily to the authenticity of this monumental work.
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