N. was born on 14 July 1889 in Chernikhov, Volin.
His father maintained in
Arenda a glass and porcelain factory.
From the age of four N. was
raised in a village by its own invited teachers.
At age twelve he traveled
with his family over to Chernikhov, where he further
took up the same education.
Since 1906 he was active in
the "Bund", organizing legal Yiddish evening schools and
libraries in the towns within the Volin region.
In 1910 as an extern he
completed a gymnasium in Warsaw, and at the beginning of
1914 he went away to foreign lands, living in
Switzerland and Italy, where he took up the study of
Yiddish and general literature, history of art and
After the March Revolution
he returned to the Soviet Union, where at the end of
1919 he entered into the Communist Party, and now is one
of the important Yiddish-Soviet literature researchers.
In "Teater-bukh (Theatre
Book)" (Kiev, 1927), N. published his collected works
"Di ershte bagegenishn fun der idisher prese mitn teater",
in "Tseytshrift" II-III (Minsk, 1928, pp. 425-82). N.
published his research work about Mendele "Fun bukh tsu
bukh", also dealing with Mendele's plays.
On 12 March 1932 in Moscow's
Yiddish Theatre there was staged "Spets, a play in three
acts by Y. Dobrushin and I. Nusinov, composition and
spectacle -- S. Mikhoels, decorations by A. Steponov,
music by L. Pulver".