The Rise of David Levinsky: A Novel. Abraham CAHAN.

The Rise of David Levinsky: A Novel

New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1917. First Edition. One of a handful of truly great novels of the Jewish experience in America of the 20th century, this an account of a Jewish immigrant who becomes a millionaire garment manufacturer, continuously in print since its first appearance in 1917. Includes description of Levinsky, who starts out as a garment union member, participating in some of the strikes of the period. Signed gift inscription by Jewish-American Olympic gold medalist heavyweight boxer Samuel Berger to Bobby North, vaudevillian later turned film-maker, best known at the time for his act as a "Hebrew Impersonator." The inscription, dated July 10, 1918, reads "To My Friend Bobby North, Knowing that his knowledge and appreciation of the subject with which it deals will make this pleasurable reading." Interestingly, much like the novel's protagonist, upon retiring from professional boxing, Berger became a successful businessman, the operator of a clothing store in San Francisco. BLAKE, p. 106. HANNA 556. RIDEOUT p. 294. Octavo (18cm). Red cloth boards, upper cover lettered in gilt; spine lettered in green; [6],529,[1],[2](blank),[4](ads)pp. Mild signs of use to boards, spine a touch faded, some light insecting to fore-edge, textblock edges unevenly discolored; still, Very Good overall.

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