Description - The Free Thinkers by Layle Silbert
Layle Silbert's stories, like those of Grace Paley or Tillie Olson, trace the life lines of struggles and joys overlooked - familiar lives led in a time now past. In this collection Silbert gives these lost lives a new voice, describing in exacting detail the world of Eastern European Jews newly arrived in turn-of-the-century-America. She chronicles their arrival in the New Worlds of Chicago and New York, follows them as they trade Yiddish and Russian for English, find work in factories and Jewish newspapers, attend meetings and struggle toward the promise of freedom.
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(238mm x 158mm x mm)
Seven Stories Press,U.S.
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Author Biography - Layle Silbert
Born in 1913 in a Yiddish-speaking household in Chicago, LAYLE SILBERT attended the University of Chicago and pursued a career in social work before before turning, later in life, to photography and fiction. By the 1960s Silbert had moved to New York City, where she was involved in both literary and radical feminist circles. Her acclaimed photographs, primarily of contemporary writers such as Nelson Algren, James Baldwin, and Elizabeth Bishop, were exhibited more than thirty times in the United States and internationally. All the while Silbert was writing in a variety of forms, including poems and a handful of personal essay, but she primarily considered herself a writer of short fiction. Her stories were published in the "New York Quarterly," "Literary Review," and "Salmagundi," among others. The collection of stories included in "Yudl," published by Seven Stories, was selected by the author for publication in the last days before her death. Silbert died in 2003. "From the Trade Paperback edition."