There was no biographical data about Y., not until now.
From the title page of his play, one can see that he was
a carpenter in Sokilen, Volin.
In 1874 in Zhitomir there
was published his
The second eyzin [iron?]
from Zarbinits to Yurkats
by Chaim Yosilis, carpenter
the first part, Zhitomir
The second part was
published here in 1876.
The play is -- according to
Y. D. Berkovitsh -- "a description of small-town
beli-eglus, which had united in a "trust" to
struggle against the railroad. Written in a primitive
folksy Yiddish, mixed with folk words and laws".
Sh. Niger, who wanted to see
the play the fargeshikhte of elements of Sholem
Aleichem's humor and cited additionally from the play
with its type and verbatim, characterized Y.'s writing
as such: "No true humorist (one artistically important
of speech) is Chaim Yosilis, the composer of "Eyzin
band", ever was. However it is in him and in his Yiddish
and in his stories there exists any of the other love to
perform with words, and from other gilut to push
a joke that is, it seems, characteristic for Volin
Niger also notes, after a
book of Y.:
The terrible journey from
Borishev, limits in the
middle of small
towns small failure(?)
s'h 5 miles --
was worth the eight-day
He who has made this among
iron volumes, this also has
the book written by his hand, but that we
want to know the author so
he is R' Leib the writer [?]
Enh bdrkh kkh ktsr imi
"Brukh shptrni" had the same
motif of the "second iron volume", but it is written
more lively and joyous.
Sh. Niger -- Elementen
fun sholem-aleichem-humor far sholem aleichemn, "Der
pnks", N. Y., 1927, pp. 1-12.
Noakh Prilutski -- Mkhkh
di kvaln fun sholem-aleichems humor, "Di yidishe
velt", Warsaw, 4, 1928.
Sh. Niger -- Polemik un
visnshaft, 'Di ydishe velt", Warsaw, 7, 1928.