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 Judah Lerner
 

 

L. was born on 13 January 1847 [according to S. Borovoy -- 1 January 1849] in Berdichev, Ukraine, to pious parents. Until age thirteen he studied Jewish subjects, then went away to Zhitomir, where he attended the gymnasium.

In 1862 he debuted under the pseudonym of Yosef Yoel Herdner in "Kol mevaser (The Herald)" (10-11) with a biography about the remarkable Yiddish folk musician Michael Joseph Guzikov. and in the Russian press in the year 1865 in "Kievskiy Telegraph".

1866 -- settled in Odessa, where he was for a year's time a free listener (auditor?) at the Jewish faulted of the New Russian university.

In the span of ten years, L. was a steady contributor to the "Odessa Vistnik", and also participated in other Russian newspapers such as "Novo", "Kievevlyanin?", "Russian Telegraph" in the Russian supplement of "HaKarmel" and wrote in the Hebrew and Yiddish literature.

L. -- according to Z. Reyzen -- was one of the first among the new Jewish-Russian intellectuals who rejected the conditions and the zelbstvert of Yiddish and had at first popularized the Yiddish literature for the Russian reader. His Russian brochure about Oxenfeld's (partially cited in Reyzen's "Fun mendelson biz mendele", pp. 363-65) is perhaps the meynes critical work about a Yiddish writer. In his superiority to Yiddish he had, as a

prominent Russian journalist, but not ashamed, also to write Yiddish in a time when ... more to translate.....


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1162.
 

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