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The Salome EnsembleThe Salome Ensemble

Rose Pastor Stokes, Anzia Yezierska, Sonya Levien, and Jetta Goudal

Alan Robert Ginsberg

Narrated by John Burlinson

Available from Audible

Book published by Syracuse University Press

The Salome Ensemble probes the entangled lives, works, and passions of a political activist, a novelist, a screenwriter, and a movie actress who collaborated in 1920s New York City. Together they created the shape-shifting, genre-crossing Salome of the Tenements, first a popular novel and then a Hollywood movie. The title character was a combination Cinderella and Salome like the women who conceived her. Rose Pastor Stokes was the role model. Anzia Yezierska wrote the novel. Sonya Levien wrote the screenplay. Jetta Goudal played her on the silver screen.

Ginsberg considers the women individually and collectively, exploring how they shaped and reflected their cultural landscape. These European Jewish immigrants pursued their own versions of the American dream, escaped the squalor of sweatshops, knew romance and heartache, and achieved prominence in politics, fashion, journalism, literature, and film.

Alan Robert Ginsberg is a visiting scholar and board member at the Center for American Studies at Columbia University.


“A study of gender, culture and art and how these elements mix to produce four women who managed to find the real American Dream - self-realization.”

—Barnhill Historical Novel Society

The Salome Ensemble offers readers a glimpse into the individual and collective lives of four women that is simultaneously sweeping in scope and focused like a jeweler's loupe.”

Edith Wharton Review

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