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David Pinski

David Pinski was a Yiddish playwright, novelist and editor. Born in Mohilev, Belarus (then part of the Russian Empire), his plays probably were performed in English more often than any other Yiddish dramatist.

Although P. was fluent is several languages, he chose to write in Yiddish. According to an article in the Jerusalem Post in 1972, written by Sol Liptzin, "In the course of his eighty-seven years he enriched Yiddish with more than two hundred major contributions: plays, novels, short stories, travel sketches, memoirs, essays, poems."

Many of his plays were published in English, as were two of his novels and many of his shorter works. His works were also published in Russian, German, and Hebrew. In addition to the numerous performances in the Yiddish theatre, Pinski's plays were performed in translation, e.g. "Der oytser (The Treasure)" was produced by Max Reinhardt in Berlin in the German language.


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