“Suddenly, it grew dark before our eyes.The collector lady from the landlord!We did not hear her till she banged open the door. Her hard eyes glared at Father “My rent!”she cried,waving her thick diamond fingers before Father’s face. But he didn’t see her or hear her. He went on chanting”(17).
Amy M. Kiel wrote a scholarly paper in 2003 published by the Illinois Wesleyan University Make Yourself for a Person’, Anzia Yezierska Alternative Americanization, Amy’s paper relates the struggle writer Anzia Yezierska faced as an immigrant herself who migrated from Poland, she ventured out with her family to fashioned out a new begging in the Lower East Side Jewish Community in the city of Manhattan 1890. (2) Anzia Yezierska used her own life experience as an immigrant nd the financial struggles she and her family faced on Hester Street to write her novel the Bread Givers. The landlady collecting rent was an experience Anzia and her family was all too familiar with.
Anzia’s daughter Louise Levitas Henriksen wrote her mother grew up in the Ghetto of the Lower East Side and her experience was her muse for her book Bread Givers which was a semi-autobiographical novel, some scholars depicted Anzia was enrich with the American dream and Americanization assimilation was seen to her as the ultimate success. After attending Colombia Anzia became an actress which she grew tired of struggling financially , she tried teaching little children but she then decided she wanted to be a writer and tell other women about her experiences in the Ghetto. The link shows Hester Street neighborhoods and the housing building of the early 1900 in Manhattan.
Yezierska, Anzia : Bread Givers Persea Books, New York 1970
Scholarly Sources: Kiel, M. Amy: ‘Make Yourself for a Person’, Anzia Yezierska’ Alternative Americanization, Digital Commons@ IWU Illinois Wesleyan University 2003
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