By the Waters of Manhattan

This is the first novel of Charles Reznikoff, one of the outstanding American poets of this century. It tells the story of a courageous woman in Russia who immigrates to America and starts a family and business in New York’s Lower East Side. Her son, a young poet, opens a bookstore in bohemian Greenwich Village. Into his shop one day comes a beautiful upper-class girl, and the two are immediately drawn to one another.



Charles Reznikoff (1894-1976) published more than 20 volumes of poetry and fiction, including Family Chronicle: An Odyssey from Russia to America (available from Markus Wiener).

Milton Hindus, of Brandeis University, is the author of two books on Reznikoff, and has written a new introduction to both of these volumes.