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Greta Zwenge, Karl Bleicher, George Gewurtz

The Story begins with the bold, brusque strokes of a poster: the German quarter of New York about 1890; Anton Zwenge, a violin-mender; his mercurial wife; his manual-laboring friends. Frau Zwenge sells sheet music against her husband's will. With the years this business prospers, dislodges him from his workbench, drives him into a corner of her store. It is the same with his old friends. The cigarmaker's sons, the baker's, install machinery. Mass production, money, is the pulse of the city. There...

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