The founder and editor of the Forward wrote one of the most important American immigrant novels ever.
As newspaperman and novelist, Cahan was a guide to the murky waters of a new country for at least two generations of Jewish immigrants. “Cahan…spent a lifetime wondering and reporting his findings," Jules Chametsky says of the writer's literary work. “In David Levinsky the question still looms large, and the answer is not yet fully in. It remains a haunting and prophetic book about an American identity that must find a more fulfilling destiny, morally and spiritually, than material wealth if it is to achieve a secure sense of self.”
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