Diary of a Lonely Girl, or the Battle Against Free Love

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$19.95  $18.55
Syracuse University Press
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6.2 X 8.8 X 0.8 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Miriam Karpilove (1888-1956) published dramas, criticism, sketches, short stories, and novellas in a variety of prominent Yiddish periodicals during her fifty-year career. She was a member of the Forverts staff, publishing seven novels and numerous works of short fiction in that paper between 1929 and 1937.

Jessica Kirzane is a lecturer in Yiddish at the University of Chicago and the editor in chief of In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies. Kirzane was a 2017 Translation Fellow and a 2018 Pedagogy Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center.
Who knew that a century before Lena Dunham's Girls, a Yiddish writer named Miriam Karpilove was already telling the world, in mordant, sometimes hilarious prose, what it was like to be a young Jewish woman in New York City?--Josh Lambert, academic director of the Yiddish Book Center
Teach this book, share it with your reading group, tell your friends about it! Kirzane has given new life to this heretofore little known classic!--Laura Levitt, Temple University
Absolutely an original and needed book.--Rachel Rubinstein, Hampshire College
Love, sexuality, and politics all merge in this brilliantly written novel of early twentieth-century immigrant life told from the perspective of a woman.--Allison Schachter, Vanderbilt University
Both hilarious and sobering, Karpilove's Diary breaks the mold of the serialized romance novel to bring us something unique: a sophisticated, insightful, and witty heroine who holds her own against bloviating suitors and prying landladies, never giving up her dreams of equality, freedom, and fulfillment in love.--Ellen Cassedy, author of We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust