Works by novelists Edith Wharton, Henry James, Theodore Dreiser, and Anzia Yezierska provide literary perspectives on the changes that swept America during the Gilded Age. Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz
of Georgetown University leads a reading-group series that explores their varied depictions of characters whose personal dramas play out against rapidly shifting social, cultural, and economic backdrops.
Anzia Yezierska’s Salome of the Tenements (1923)
A highly dramatic fictionalization of immigrant and labor activist Rose Pastor’s marriage to an upper-class philanthropist.
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