M. was born 22 September 1884 in the village of Pustiki,
Grodno region, Polish Lithuania, into a family of the
first Yiddish colonists in the Glilih(?) (Volkovisk
region). His father was a lumber merchant, a maskil
(cultured, intelligent person).
From age six until fourteen
he learned with melamdim (religious teachers) in
the nearby shtetl of Porezeva, then until age seventeen
in yeshivas and with a private teacher in Volkovisk,
then he occupied himself with self-education, and he
studied language, philosophy, music, painting and
theatre. Under the influence of his father he read
Hebrew and Russian literature and began to write lyric
philosophical songs in Hebrew . For fifteen years he was
in the Bundist organization.
In 1904 he debuted in
Reyzen's collection "Yohrbukh progres", then he
immigrated to New York, where he for four years was a
machine worker and he published skits, songs and
literary notices in the local various periodical issues.
Being in America, M.
published his drama "Fn leben" in Philadelphia's "Der
idisher kempfer" (16-19, 1906).
In 1908 he returned to
Poland, where he later issued several books. Among them
are: "Shir hikhud, a drama in three acts, Warsaw, Tre'd"
[1913, 56 pp., 16°].
In 1915 he settled in
Russia, where he works until today. Among his published
books in the Soviet Union, one also finds his plays "Amkha,
a folks-drama in three acts" [1923, 28 p., 24°].
Z. Reyzen -- "Lexicon
of Yiddish Theatre", Vol. II, pp. 479-482.
Be.-mkhshbut -- Tsvey
dramas, "Di yidishe velt", Vilna, Dekabr. 1913.