Isaac Meir (Itzhak) Dick
Born in 1807
[according to Pinchas Kon -- 1813-4] in Vilna,
Polish Lithuania. His father for forty years was
a cantor in Zavil's shul, but he had to
earn income in the grains trade in which the
young Isaac Meir helped him out. He was educated
in Gemorah, sitting in Niesvizh oyf kest bey
shver un shviger, with a glkh, who
taught him bshtikh German. Later D. also
learned Russian and Polish. At the end of his
thirtieth year of the nineteenth century, he
settled with his family in Vilna, and he
persevered with education. He continued to make
a living as a Hebrew teacher, and D. took an
active part in the Haskalah movement (is
therefore by denunciation arrested), and with
time became the main spokesman in the circle of
According to Sh.
Niger, D. began to write a great deal in his
thirties or at the start of his forties. During
his literary activity in Yiddish he had --
according to Z. Reyzen -- begun at first in his
"In the Yiddish
literature of the Haskalah epoch, Dick took a
prominent place, if not according to an artistic
degree, which due to his productivity. His work
was the first secular book in Yiddish, which was
disseminated in an unusually large number of
copies and had created a mass reading of the
neymodishe secular story-book in Yiddish"
In 1887 in Vilna,
there was published D.'s adaptation of Friedrich
Schiller's "Kabale un libe (Intrigue and Love)",
under the name "Der farmaskirter frant, dos
heyst azoy eyn frant vos var im arunter gerisen
di erlikhe maske zeyne (di tsboyttsve), nokh
before he had performed his great role di falshe
vos er hot givolt oys firin, un es es kumt do
for als eyn theater, oder lust shpil."
Adapted after Schiller mas am'd
[printed in Russian: a drama by A. M. Dick],
Vilna shnt tr"md lpk [104 pp., 16°].
The play was never staged.
tells in his memoirs that he had from D.'s small
story "Di tsvey kleyne katerinshtshikes" crated
a play in four acts, under the name "Di derfilte
libe", which around 1878-79 was staged in Iasi's
On 24 January 1893,
D. passed away in Vilna.
Z. Reyzen --
"Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. I, pp.
P. Kohn -- Ven
iz geboyrn gevorn ayzik-meir dik, "Filologishe
shriftn", Vol. II, Vilna, 1928, pp. 329-344;
Vol. III, Vilna, 1929, pp. 616-617.
Sh. N. --
Tsu der frage vegn a. m. diks geurtsyor, "Pnks",
N. Y., I, Notebook 4, pp. 380-82.
Sh. Niger -- Ven
hot a. m. dik ongehoybn shreybn yidish?, "Pnks",
I, Notebook 4, pp. 289-93.
Zylbercweig -- "Hintern forhang", Vilna,
1928, pp. 39-40.
Sh. Niger -- Di
ershte verk fun a. m. dik, "Pnks', N. Y.,
II, Notebook 1, pp. 1-9.