Born on 26 February 1884 in
Bialystok, Poland. Father -- a middleman merchant(?),
who had him educated in a private school, and also was
left to learn at home. Later S. served in various towns
was also a worker in a tile factory.
His literary activity began
in 1903 in Russian in the Bialystok newspaper "Zapadnaya
Ukraina" in July 1904, where he debuted with a song in
Yiddish in "Der fraynd". At each time he tsugeshtanen
to the "Bund". For months long he sat in prisons, and
after Bialystok's pogrom, together with his parents, he
went over to Lodz, where he began to often publish songs
in the Yiddish periodic press. His first volume of songs
"Shtile troymen" was published in 1909. Later he also
began to write stories and sine the war became in Poland
one of the popular Yiddish writers. In the publishing
house "Bzhoza" (Warsaw), there was published to this day
S.'s eighteen volumes.
Under the pseudonym "Aleksander
Yavits", S. published from time to time articles about
In 1915 he published in the
"Yidishe velt" (Vilna, III), (due to military censure in
a shorter form) his dramatic poem "Di vant" which in
1918 was published in full text in Moscow, and in 1920
in the publishing house A. Gitlin (Warsaw, 32 pp, 16°),
and on 14 April 1921 it was read (in tails) by the
members of the "Vilna Troupe" in Warsaw and later was
performed by various "amateur"
groups (October 1923 by the
dramatic studio with the Yiddish Art Society in Vilna).
In 1921, in the publishing
house "Di tsayt" (Warsaw), there was published S.'s
translation of Gogol's comedy "Der revizor", which
shortly thereafter was performed in Warsaw's "Central"
Theatre, and then in the Yiddish Art Theatre in New
S.'s novel "Unzer froy"
also, without the knowledge of the author, was
dramatized by Jacob Vaksman.
S. was married to the
actress Clara Segalowitch.
Z. Reyzen --
"Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. II, pp.
A. Litvak --
Dramatishe verk, "Bikher-velt", Warsaw, N' 2,
Z. Segalowitch --
An erklerung vegn "revizor", "Theatre and Art",
Lodz, N' 4, 1922.
Z. R. [Reyzen] --
Der vinklshteyn in beleygt, "Tog", Vilna, 4