By M. E. Ravage
M.E. Ravage, one in all nearly million Jews, used to be lured by means of stories of good fortune to the United States on the flip of the 20th century. After studying a brand new language and discovering good fortune in collage he penned a bright account of his personal assimilation. Steven G. Kellman brings Ravage's tale to lifestyles back during this re-creation, supplying a quick biography and historic and literary contexts. An American within the Making contributes to an realizing of the idea of ""America"" and is still well timed, in particular whilst enormous immigration from Latin the USA and Asia, demanding situations principles of nationwide identification.
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20. Christopher Clausen, “Grandfathers: A Memoir,” Commentary 95, no. 4 (April 1993): 48. 21. Cahan, The Rise of David Levinsky, p. 384. a note on t h e text The following is a reprint of the text of An American in the Making: The Life Story of an Immigrant by M. E. Ravage, published in 1971 by Dover Publications. The book was first published in 1917 by Harper and Brothers and revised by the author for an edition published by Harper Modern Classics in 1936. The 1971 text has been reproduced without changes.
We tried to discuss them with Couza himself, but he could not be induced either to confirm or to deny them. He would simply smile confusedly, and declare that everything was possible in New York. But at the end of that week a report of the most stupendous sort reached our ears. It was to the effect that our guest was not merely a millionaire, but that he held a very high government position in America, something resembling a prefect or a minister. This time we besieged him and insisted on knowing the truth.
But I admired him for the splendid way in which he said it. It gave me a last glimpse of the fine modesty of the old Couza of the predonation period. Yet it was very clear that scenes of that sort were cruelly wearing to his sympathetic spirit, and that he was getting restless to leave. At the end of Couza’s second week Itza Baer became shamelessly hostile. He declared that he could no longer stand by in silence while “this braggart” was bringing misery and discontent upon poor people just to feed his own vanity.
An American in the Making: The Life Story of an Immigrant (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas (Mela)) by M. E. Ravage