By the Waters of Manhattan (Masterworks of Modern Jewish Writing Series)

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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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I am thrilled with it. This book has so much in it that marks Reznikoff as a first-rate artist. --William Carlos Williams

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. Lopate's tender
and eloquent introduction sets the record straight for this under-acknowledged literary
master: '...the shocks of fortune laid out and the aftershocks allowed to register in the
reader's mind, with no attempt to milk emotion.' --Betsy Sussler, BOMB magazine

Mr. Reznikoff's work is remarkable and original in American literature.... He has written the first story of the Jewish immigrant that is not false. --Lionel Trilling

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