Born in 1856 [according to
J. E. -- 1859, according to "Sefer zkhrun" -- 1852 -
Trkh"b] in New Zager, Kovno region, Lithuania, into a
miukhsdiker family. He received a traditional Jewish
education. From his early childhood, he manifested a
desire to write. After his father's death, he was raised
in Mohilev-on-the-Dnieper by his uncle, and there until
age sixteen he learned in a yeshiva, then in the Beit
HaMidrash of R' Shimeon Tsukerman.
Through is later novels, R.
became one of the pillars of the modern Jewish
literature, and since 1887 the intimate friend of I. L. Peretz.
D. also wrote a play that he
may have -- according to Citron -- been "ripped off".
According to Nachman Mayzel, found among D.'s remaining
manuscripts was a drama without a title page.
D. crucially bore witness to
the Goldfaden theatre, especially the later flood of
"historic" plays, and had published a series of articles
about this time, under the name "Dos yudishe teater"
(ideas and memoirs), in his book "Zkhrunus un bilder",
publisher "Akhyosf", Warsaw, 1928 (pp. 211-44).
D. also had a warm
relationship with many Yiddish actors of his time,
especially however with Avraham Goldfaden, who he had
helped sell his work to a publisher. A large
between them both (the
letters from Goldfaden to D. for the years 1890-1897 and
1903) was published by Nachman Mayzel in "Di yidishe
velt", Warsaw, IV, 1928.
Dinezon's novel "Der
shvartser yungermantshik" was dramatized and staged.
A fragment of D.'s "Yosele"
was dramatized as "Yosele in kheder" by Sh. Glazerman,
and was printed in "Idishe tsaytung", Buenos Aires, 8
D. passed away on 29 August
1919 in Warsaw, and in the "Ohel peretz" by sculptor
Zalmen Reyzen --
"Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. I, pp.
Sh. L. Citron -- "Drey
literarishe zkhrunus", I, pp. 45, 56-104.
Nachman Mayzel -- Vu
iz der rikhtiker adres?, "Literarishe bleter",
Warsaw 1928, pp. 211-44.
N. Auslander, D.
Wallerstein, N. Lurie, E. Fininberg -- "Idishe
literatur", Kiev 1928, I, pp. 154-61.