@20@The Rise of David Levinsky@21@, written by the legendary founder and editor of the @18@Jewish Daily Forward@19@, is an early Jewish-American classic. According to the scholar Sam B. Girgus, @11@The novel is more than an important literary work and cultural document. It forms part of the traditional ritual of renewal of the American Way.@11@@16@@16@First published in 1917, Abraham Cahan's realistic novel tells the story of a young talmudic scholar who emigrates from a small town in Russia to the melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York City. As the Jewish @11@greenhorn@11@ rises from the depths of poverty to become a millionaire garment merchant, he discovers the unbearably high price of assimilation.
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