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Abraham Cahan

(1860–1951), who came to the U.S. from Russia (1882), was long the editor of the Jewish Daily Forward. Besides works in Yiddish he wrote realistic fiction in English, including ...

Cahan, Abraham

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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..., Abraham ( 1860–1951 ), American novelist and journalist , born in Podberezy, Lithuania, educated at Vilna Teachers Institute and law school in New York City. Cahan emigrated to the USA in 1882 and became an important figure in the Yiddish-speaking community of the Lower East Side of New York. He co-edited Neie Zeit , a Yiddish socialist newspaper, and from 1891 to 1894 was editor of the Arbiter Zeitung , a radical weekly which offered imaginative literature about immigrant life and promoted the socialist cause in the USA. Cahan's first novel, ...

Abraham Cahan

Abraham Cahan  

(1860–1951),who came to the U.S. from Russia (1882), was long the editor of the Jewish Daily Forward. Besides works in Yiddish he wrote realistic fiction in English, including Yekl, a Tale of the New ...
Yezierska, Anzia

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...she published five more works of fiction, in which an intensive and often autobiographical preoccupation with female experience gives an unusual slant to the traditional immigrant themes of cultural dislocation and conflict; Bread Givers ( 1925 ), in particular, ranks with Abraham Cahan 's David Levinksy as a classic of the ‘ethnic passage’ genre. The Depression eclipsed her reputation and after a period with the Federal Writers' Project she relapsed into poverty. Apart from her fictionalized life story Red Ribbon on a White Horse ( 1950 ), she...

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