By the Waters of Manhattan

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Black Sparrow Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Charles Reznikoff, the son of Russian garment workers, was a blood-and-bone New Yorker; a collector of images and stories who walked the city from the Bronx to the Battery and breathed its soul into a lifetime of poetry.

Phillip Lopate is the author of more than a dozen books, including three personal essay collections, Bachelorhood, Against Joie de Vivre, Portrait of My Body, and Waterfront. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a winner of fellowships from the New York Public Library, National Endowment for the Arts, and Guggenheim, he is a professor of graduate nonfiction writing at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn with his wife.

Praise for By the Waters of Manhattan

"I am thrilled with it. This book has so much in it that marks Reznikoff as a first-rate artist."--William Carlos Williams

"Mr. Reznikoff's work is remarkable and original in American literature. . . . He has written the first story of the Jewish immigrant that is not false."--Lionel Trilling

"Happily, Black Sparrow has reprinted this remarkable novel, which could be read as a one sitting page-turner, or as the text for a semester-long course on the immigrant experience . . . Readers familiar with Reznikoff 's poetry will recognize his alter ego's struggles with the world of publishing; readers curious about the immigrant experience will add this classic to their shelves alongside Yezierska's novels and other great chronicles of the making of America."--Jewish Book World

"Charles Reznikoff writes prose like a poet, indeed he is one, with his rock-hard choice of words styled into deceptively simple sentences. Deceptive because when juxtaposed, each sentence accelerating into the next, they relay condensed lives, jammed with emotion, kin, and striving. Lopate's tender and eloquent introduction sets the record straight for this under-acknowledged literary master: '...the shocks of fortune laid out, ' Lopate writes, 'and the aftershocks allowed to register in the reader's mind, with no attempt to milk emotion.."--Betsy Sussler, BOMB Magazine