By the Waters of Manhattan

REZNIKOFF, Charles

Published by Charles Boni / Paper Books, New York, 1930
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8vo. 256, [2] pp. Title illustration by Rockwell Kent. Original cloth binding designed by Kent, printed paper spine label. Introduction by Louis Untermeyer. "Charles Reznikoff (1894-1976) writes prose like a poet, indeed he is one, with his rock-hard choice of words styled into deceptively simple sentences. Deceptive because when juxtaposed, each sentence accelerating into the next, they relay condensed lives, jammed with emotion, kin, and striving" (Betsy Sussler, BOMB). "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" (David Godine, publisher of the 2009 reprint). Spine label chipped with some loss, spine toned, a few small stains, owner's inkstamp on half-title First edition of the author's first book. Bookseller Inventory # 400690

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Title: By the Waters of Manhattan

Publisher: Charles Boni / Paper Books, New York

Publication Date: 1930

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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