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The Salome Ensemble
Rose Pastor Stokes, Anzia Yezierska, Sonya Levien, and Jetta Goudal

Alan Robert Ginsberg

Cloth $65.00s    |    978-0-8156-3442-3    |    2016

Paper $34.95    |    978-0-8156-1065-6    |    2016

ebook 978-0-8156-5365-3

Selected as a finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards

"The Salome Ensemble reads like a novel. Ginsberg has written a thoroughly absorbing work of cultural and feminist history that restores to vivid life the lives and intertwined careers of four compelling and indomitable women."—Ross Posnock, author of Color and Culture: Black Writers and the Making of the Modern Intellectual

"A fascinating story of four remarkable women who made their way through the ‘bewilderness’ of the United States at the start of the last century. Rose Pastor Stokes, Anzia Yezierska, Sonya Levien, and Jetta Goudal lived in a country churning with labor agitation, feminism, immigration, experimental literature, and the birth of Hollywood. Experiencing modernity in full, they represented that experience in fiction and film. In the process, they not only forged new identities as independent Jewish American women but also helped redefine what it meant to be an American."—Casey Nelson Blake, director of the Center for American Studies, Columbia University

"In four movements, an overture, and a coda, Ginsberg imaginatively blends into a single cultural analysis a novel by Anzia Yezierska, the story of Rose Pastor Stokes, which was one of Yezierska’s sources, the playscript by Sonya Levien, and the performance of Jetta Goudal, who acted the part of Salome of the Tenements on screen. Based on extensive research and accompanied by portraits, screen shots, and other illustrations, The Salome Ensemble retraces versions of an intermarriage story that was, paradoxically, both a Salome and a Cinderella tale."—Werner Sollors, author of The Temptation of Despair: Tales of the 1940s

  The Salome Ensemble

  Alan Robert Ginsberg is a visiting scholar and board member at the Center for American Studies at Columbia University. He has contributed as a freelance writer to periodicals, including the Columbia Journalism Review, worked as a research analyst in financial institutions in New York, Los Angeles, and London, and served as a program director at a United Nations nongovernmental organization promoting women’s rights in developing countries.

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6 x 9, 368 pages, 23 black-and-white illustrations, chronology, notes, bibliography, index

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