Born in 1878 in Priluki,
Poltava Gubernia, Ukraine. 1891 -- immigrated to
California (America), where he studied at Stanford
1893 -- became interested in
the Workers' Movement, and in 1896 he began to
contribute to "Abend blat", then published his first
work in English, under the name "Der kumendiker
1899 -- is a correspondent
and later manager for "The folks-tsaytung", and after
its downfall was co-founder of the weekly page "The
Social Democrat", of which he was the first editor, then
was editorial member of the "Forward", where in 1902-03
he co-edited and for a certain time also was editor.
(1904 until 1913), where he had each Monday published
under the name "In der velt fun drama un muzik (In the
World of Drama and Music" an article with news and
stories about Yiddish theatre.
E. also for a certain time
was General Secretary of the "Workmen's Circle". 1914 --
editorial member and later editor of "Der tog", from
where he had in 1925 resigned, and in 1930 returned and
entered again as a editorial member and editor of the
"Theater-zayt" and also very often wrote reviews about
E. issued a book "Velt-berihmte
operes" (publisher Hebrew Publishing Co., N. Y., 1907),
in which he talked about the subject of the popular
European operas, together with a critical assessments
and with an introduction generally about music and
On 30 August 1912 in Adler's
People's Theatre, E.'s "Mentshn un keytn, a family drama
in four acts" was announced, with Jacob P. Adler as
"Lawyer Lunts", but close to the premiere, the
production was called off, and the play was never
In October 1931 in Adler's
Theatre, there was staged "Der yid, a play by William
Edlin and Leon Kuperman". According to B. Gorin, the
play was adopted from Henry Bernstein's play "Israel",
which E. denied categorically.
Z. Reyzen --
"Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. II, pp.
B. Gorin --
"History of Yiddish Theatre", Vol. II, pp. 214,
Y. Slonim -- "Der
id" in adler theater, "Theater un muving
piktshurs", N. Y., N' 2, 1913.
D. B. [ Sh.
Yanovsky] -- In theater, "Fraye arbayter shtime",
N. Y., 25 October 1913.