Samuel Ornitz
Date of Birth
Jan 01, 1891
Birth Place:
New York City


The son of a prosperous New York dry-goods merchant, Samuel Ornitz could have followed the lead of his two older brothers by entering the business world. Instead, Ornitz turned his back on the capitalist system, making his first "progressive" public speech at the age of 12. Gravitating to writing, he achieved success with his 1923 novel Haunch, Paunch and Jowl, a witty memoir of Jewish immigrant...