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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 English Literature (7 ed.)

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..., Abraham ( 1860–1951 ) Lithuanian‐born American novelist , short story writer , and journalist . Cahan produced a number of portraits of Jewish immigrant life in America, most notably Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto ( 1896 ) and The Rise of David Levinsky ( 1917 ). He also served as editor and reporter for the Yiddish press of New...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Abraham ( 1860–1951 ) American novelist Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto ( 1896 ) Fiction The Imported Bridegroom, and Other Stories ( 1898 ) Fiction Short Stories The Rise of David Livinsky ( 1917 ) ...

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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, ...

Cahan, Abraham

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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..., Abraham ( 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 York Ghetto ( 1896 ), The Imported Bridegroom and Other Stories ( 1898 ), and The Rise of Devid Levinsky ( 1917 ), a novel of the good and bad in a Jew's Americanization in New York. He also wrote an autobiography (5 vols., 1916–36 ). His journalism ( 1897–1903 ) was collected and posthumously published in Grandma Never Lived in America ...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

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...Cahan, Abraham ( 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 York Ghetto ( 1896 ), The Imported Bridegroom and Other Stories ( 1898 ), and The Rise of David Levinsky ( 1917 ), a novel of the good and bad in a Jew’s Americanization in New York. He also wrote an autobiography (5 vols., 1916–36 )....

Abraham Cahan

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(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 ...
Anzia Yezierska

Anzia Yezierska  

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(1885–1970),born in Russia, came to New York City (1901), whose sweatshops and ghetto life she described in tales, Hungry Hearts (1920), and novels, Salome of the Tenements (1922), Children of ...
Glackens, William

Glackens, William (1870–1938)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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.... His assignments ranged widely: he travelled to Cuba to cover the Spanish-American War and illustrated travel literature and Western fiction. Much of his work consisted of urban scenes set in New York—for instance, depictions of Jewish life in the Lower East Side for Abraham Cahan’s stories. Eventually he gave up illustration, exhibiting in 1908 with the Ashcan School and organizing the American section of the Armory Show ( 1912 ). Margaret M....

Singer, Israel Joshua

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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...Israel Joshua ( 1893–1944 ), Polish-born Yiddish novelist, after a literary career in his homeland came to the U.S. ( 1934 ), sponsored by his American publisher, Abraham Cahan . The next year he was followed by his brother Isaac Bashevis Singer . In the U.S. he wrote The Brothers Ashkenazi ( 1936 ), a saga of Polish Jews; In die Berg ( 1942 ), a novel set in the U.S.; and The Family Carnovsky ( 1943 ), dealing with the wanderings in Europe of a Jewish...

Mogulesko, [Zelig] Sigmund

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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...virtuosity was his New York debut in Coquettish Ladies , in which he played a different part in each act: a young pimp, an old drunk, and a gossipy lady matchmaker. His acting was scarcely realistic, but exaggerated in the fashion of the Yiddish stage. Nonetheless, Abraham Cahan , the well‐known Jewish publisher and historian, wrote, “A born genius he was, and his personality was as marvelous as his art. His talent and charm lit that foolish play with rays of divine fire. He bewitched us with his singing and his acting...

Yezierska, Anzia

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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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...

Yiddish cinema

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A Dictionary of Film Studies (2 ed.)

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...the work of a number of Jewish filmmakers in the diaspora. Yentl (Barbra Streisand, US, 1983 ), Hester Street ( Joan Micklin Silver , US, 1975 ), and Fiddler on the Roof are adapted from Jewish literary sources: respectively a short story by Isaac Bashevis Singer ; Abraham Cahan’s 1896 novel, Yekl ; and various stories by Sholem Aleichem . Directors Mel Brooks and Woody Allen draw on a brand of comedy-in-catastrophe humour characteristic of Yiddish cinema and broader Yiddish culture. Ethan Coen and Joel Coen’s A Serious Man (US, 2009 ) also...

Hapgood, Hutchins

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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2005
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...condescension or malice. At the Commercial Advertiser , Hapgood, an Anglo-Saxon Harvard man with roots in Puritan New England, met Abraham Cahan , a Lithuanian Jewish activist, journalist, and author. Cahan helped Hapgood mine Manhattan's Jewish Lower East Side for sociological insights that later appeared in his most acclaimed book, The Spirit of the Ghetto: Studies of the Jewish Quarter of New York ( 1902 ). Cahan's journalism portrayed newly arrived Jews on the Lower East Side the way Hapgood saw himself in New York—absorbing moral and artistic...

Hobson, Laura Z.

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The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

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2005
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...and advertising copywriter for Time, Inc. and other firms. Hobson's Russian Jewish parents, Michael Zametkin and Adella Kean Zametkin, were political activists in New York City. Michael Zametkin was the first editor of the Jewish Daily Forward , preceding the more famous Abraham Cahan, and Adella Zametkin gave advice to homemakers in Yiddish in her column in The Day . As a child, Hobson was embarrassed by her parents' protests against injustice; however, their teaching stayed with her all her life. Her novels forthrightly protest anti-Semitism, the...

Anticommunism.

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Richard Gid Powers

The Oxford Companion to United States History

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2004
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...Reinhold Niebuhr and Arthur Schlesinger Jr. ; Jewish anticommunists of such varied political convictions as Louis Marshall of the American Jewish Committee, George Sokolsky of the Hearst newspaper chain, and Norman Podhoretz of Commentary ; socialists like Abraham Cahan of the Forward ; labor-union officials like Samuel Gompers , David Dubinsky , Sidney Hillman , George Meany , and Albert Shanker ; and black anticommunists such as the columnist George Schuyler . The press tycoon Henry R. Luce , publisher of Time , Life , and ...

Jewish American Intellectual and Cultural Life

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Nora Rubel

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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...pluralism reflects an ongoing ambivalence in Jewish American culture. This tension was reflected in the influential socialist Yiddish language newspaper the Jewish Daily Forward ( 1897 – ). Edited by Abraham Cahan from 1903 to 1951 , the paper advocated rapid Americanization, particularly through its famous advice column, “A Bintel Brief.” However, Cahan's use of Yiddish and focus on the lives of Jewish workers reveals a particularism despite his acculturating advice. In addition to the Forward , Jews were well represented in other early...

Jewish American Labor Movement

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Catherine Collomp

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor, and Economic History

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...the Workmen's Circle, these unions were the center of a densely organized network of economic, social, cultural, and political interests. Embodying a strong socialist current in American labor, the movement was supported by a prolific Yiddish-language press, among which Abraham Cahan's Jewish Daily Forward had the greatest circulation. David Dubinsky, the ILGWU president from 1932 to 1966 , and Sidney Hillman, the founding president of the ACWA from 1914 to 1946 , were exiles from the 1905 Russian revolution. They brought to Progressive Era America the...

Anti-Communism

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Richard Gid Powers

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Political and Legal History

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2013
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...theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and Arthur Schlesinger Jr. ; Jewish anti-Communists of such varied political convictions as Louis Marshall of the American Jewish Committee, George Sokolsky of the Hearst newspaper chain, and Norman Podhoretz of Commentary ; socialists like Abraham Cahan of the Forward ; labor-union officials like Samuel Gompers, David Dubinsky , Sidney Hillman , George Meany , and Albert Shanker ; and black anti-Communists such as the columnist George Schuyler . The press tycoon Henry R. Luce , publisher of Time , Life , and ...

Anti-Communism

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Richard Gid Powers

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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...like the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and Arthur Schlesinger Jr.; Jewish anti-Communists of such varied political convictions as Louis Marsh of the American Jewish Committee, George Sokolsky of the Hearst newspaper chain, and Norman Podhoretz of Commentary ; socialists like Abraham Cahan of the Forward; labor-union officials like Samuel Gompers, David Dubinsky, Sidney Hillman, George Meany, and Albert Shanker; and black anti-Communists such as the columnist George Schuyler. The press tycoon Henry R. Luce, publisher of Time , Life , and Fortune magazines,...

Anti-Communism

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Richard Gid Powers

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History

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... Reinhold Niebuhr and Arthur Schlesinger Jr. ; Jewish anti-Communists of such varied political convictions as Louis Marshall of the American Jewish Committee, George Sokolsky of the Hearst newspaper chain, and Norman Podhoretz of Commentary ; socialists like Abraham Cahan of the Forward ; labor-union officials like Samuel Gompers , David Dubinsky , Sidney Hillman , George Meany , and Albert Shanker ; and black anti-Communists such as the columnist George Schuyler . The press tycoon Henry R. Luce , publisher of Time , Life , and ...

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