Anzia Yezierska, the Jewish immigrant writer from Poland, is most famous for Bread Givers (1925), her tenement story of hard life on the Lower East Side. But she also harbored a lesser-known rich, snarky, and dark sense of humor. Her debut collection of short stories, Hungry Hearts (1920)–which showcases that humor–is available for free online.
Yezierska is known for her dark, uncompromising portraits of Jewish immigrant life. But if there’s any justice in the world, she’ll also be more well-known one day for the funny and irreverent side of those portraits, as well.
February 9, 2012