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By the Waters of Manhattan

by Charles Reznikoff

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This turned out to be quite an interesting book with a clear pitcture of life many years ago. I don't remember reading other work in this stark style, although it did remind me a little of John Steinbeck. The writing seemed to match the stark, difficult times. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 091012955X, Paperback)

This is the first novel of Charles Reznikoff, one of the outstanding American poets of this century. It tells the story of a courageous woman in Russia who emigrates to America and starts a family and business in New York's Lower East Side. Her son, a young poet, opens a bookstore in bohemian Greenwich Village. Into his shop one day comes a beautiful upper-class girl, and the two are immediately drawn to one another.

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By the Waters of Manhattan was Charles Reznikoff's first novel, published in 1930 by Charles Boni in New York. Part family saga, part bildungsroman, and part unrequited love story, the novel follows the lives of a Jewish family at the turn of the century from Elizavetgrad, Russia to Brownsville, Brooklyn, birthplace of the novel's protagonist, Ezekiel, a young poet in search of ways to feed his stomach and his soul. Like Walt Whitman, Hart Crane, and Henry Roth, Reznikoff's subject is as much the great island of Manhattan, as it is its inhabitants.… (more)

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