The Rise of David Levinsky (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

The Rise of David Levinsky (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

Abraham Cahan

Language: English

Pages: 538

ISBN: 0140186875

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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only a matter of time. We’ll teach these scoundrels a lesson they’ll never forget.” “If only you manufacturers stick together.” “You bet we will. We can wait. We are in no hurry. We can wait till those tramps come begging for a job,” I said. For the benefit of Dora I added a little disquisition on the opportunities America offered to every man who had brains and industry, and on the grudge which men like myself were apt to arouse in lazy fellows. “Those union leaders have neither brains nor a

have a plain, frank talk with you, Levinsky,” he answered. “There is something that is bothering my mind. I never thought I should speak to you about it, but at last I decided to see you and have it out. I was going to call on you and to ask you to go out with me, because you have no private office.” There was a nervous, under-dog kind of air about him. His damp lips revolted me. “But what is it? What are all these preliminaries for? Come to the point and be done with it. What is it?” Then I

night in May I was in my friend’s house for supper, as Nodelman called it, or “dinner,” as his wife would have it. The family occupied one of a small group of lingering, brownstone, private dwellings in a neighborhood swarming with the inmates of new tenement “barracks.” “Glad to meechye,” Mrs. Nodelman welcomed me. “Meyer should have broughchye up long ago. Why did you keep Mr. Levinsky away, Meyer? Was you afraid you might have reason to be jealous?” “That’s just it. She hit it right. I told

active in radical politics, helped organize the first Jewish trade unions, and wrote for newspapers and journals in three languages. In 1897 he helped found the Jewish Daily Forward, the great Yiddish-language social democratic newspaper, which he edited from 1902 until his death in 1951. He wrote fiction in English for twenty-five years (and some in Yiddish), from his first published story in 1892 to his last and best-known work, The Rise of David Levinsky, in 1917. He wrote numerous short

a tongue. Whew! And, well, you can’t take a joke.” “I did not mean to hurt your feelings, Mr. Levinsky. May my luck be as good as is my friendship for you. I certainly wish you no evil. May God give me all the things I wish you. I just want you to behave yourself. That’s all. I am so much older than you, anyhow. Look for somebody of your own age. You are not angry at me, are you?” she added, suavely. She simply could not afford to lose the rent I paid her. Since then she held herself at a

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