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.