And no birds sing

Autor/a: LEADER, Pauline; MILLS, Mara; SANCHEZ, Rebecca (eds.)
Año: 1931
Editorial: Wasington DC: Gallaudet University Press, 1931
Tipo de código: ISBN
Código: 978-1-56368-668-9
Soporte: Papel


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Originally published in 1931, this memoir offers an unflinching look at the life of a deaf woman struggling with poverty and isolation in the bohemian enclave of Greenwich Village. In harrowing yet lyrical prose, Pauline Leader recounts her experience growing up as the daughter of Jewish immigrants in a small New England mill town. Born in 1908, Leader was exposed to frequent verbal and physical abuse. She became deaf at the age of 12, following a long illness. As a teenager, she ran away to New York City, where she found work in factories and sweatshops, and spent time in a home for “wayward girls.” As she sought community among the artists and eccentrics of the Village, Leader’s strong will and fierce independence were often thwarted by hardship and self-doubt. But through it all she found solace in her writing.