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
 

Chaim Yosilis


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?] volume [rail]

from Zarbinits to Yurkats

by Chaim Yosilis, carpenter msokilen,

the first part, Zhitomir 1874.

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 folks-yidn.

Niger also notes, after a book of Y.:

Welcome shftrni

The terrible journey from Zarbiney to

Borishev, limits in the middle of small

 towns small failure(?) s'h 5 miles --

was worth the eight-day journey rtsuf.

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 much --

he is R' Leib the writer [?]

Warsaw

Enh bdrkh kkh ktsr imi lp'k (1880).

"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.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 923.
 

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