Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Joseph Bovshover

 

B. was born on 30 September 1873 in Lubavitch, Mohilev Gubernia, Ukraine. His father was a businessman, a scholar, a fanatic. He learned in a cheder and with his father, and in his early youth he went away to work in a flour business. At eighteen he immigrated to America, where he became a fur coat worker. Keenly drawn into the Anarchist Movement, he began to write social and revolutionary songs, which he himself read in the shop, and [farlirt durkhdem] his poems. A brother opened a store for him, but he divided the merchandise between good brothers and friends.

A type of true bohemian, he could also not maintain a position with his brother, and he began to have an interest in the Yiddish theatre for which he [zetst] over "Shylock" [Shaylok, oder der koyfman fun venedig] by William Shakespeare, translated by Y. Bovshaver, New York, [yor?] Hebrew Publishing Company). [116 p., 16]. The entire work is translated in programs, and also had a short biography of Shakespeare in a forward of a translation. B. also had translated "Faust" and Schiller's "Kabala un libe" (both weren't published).

Already at the age of twenty-two B. began to exhibit signs of mental illness, and since 1899 he has been in a New York hospital for the mentally ill, where on 25 December 1915 he passed away.

 

  • Zalmen Reyzen -- "Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. I, pp. 193-6.

  • B. Gorin -- "History of Yiddish Theatre", Vol, II, "List of plays".

  • "Idishe literatur", Khrestomatye, first part, Kiev, 1928, pp. 362-70.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 116.
 

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