Born in 1865
in Yelisavetgrad, Ukraine. Father -- a tailor, a
mashkhil of Jacob Gordin's society
"Spiritual Biblical Brotherhood". Attended the
real school, but did not complete it, because in
1881 his family immigrated to America. Under
difficult material conditions, Z. in 1892
completed the medical facultat of New York
University and then practiced as a doctor.
Z. was very active
in the Yiddish radical movement in America; he
is the pioneer and leader of the Yiddish
anarchists, had helped found unions, directed a
struggle against religion, was an active
contributor to "Der folks-avokat", and in the
Yiddish anarchistic press in London, later
growing closer to the radical Zionists and
published many publications and fictional works.
On 7 April 1917,
with Berta Kalich in the main role, there was
staged in Thomashefsky's theatre in New York Z's
drama "Far ire kinder". In this drama, as well
as in his English drama "Der shturem fun a
neshome", Z. portrays the psychology of the
Jewish revolutionary movement in America in her
storm and stress period, and paints the Jewish
intelligence then in New York.
In his drama "Der
letster shumruny" (adapted also as a libretto
for an opera, music by Boris Levenson), Z. takes
as his theme the fear for the Jewish downfall in
the struggle for the Jewish revival,
transferring the problem into the milieu of the
Z. Reyzen --
"Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. I, pp.
J. Entin --
--Dr. zolotarov's drama un madam kalish's
shpielen, "Di varhayt", N. Y., 11 April
Moyshe Nadir --
"Mayne hent hobn fargosn dos dozike blut",
N. B. L. --
Zayer gayst iz nokh mit unz, "Der tog", N.
Y., 23 November 1924.