In his book, "The Curtain,"
M. starts with an essay in which he explains why he uses
Yiddish phonetics and spells the Hebrew words with the
so-called "Yiddish spelling." An essay, in an enlarged
format, was also published in his book, "A Guest in This
M. Was infirmed in a Bronx
hospital, where he passed away on 2 March 1960.
Sh. Almazoff singularly
presents him in "The Difficult Life of M."
"If there ever was a person
whose life was a long chain of fearful suffering, it was
this recently deceased man. If there ever was a person
who battled with his life with all of his strength, not
paying attention to all his suffering and who was master
of his domain, it was Margoles-Davidzon. And if a writer
had wherever and whenever proceeded with his work under
conditions that could kill every opportunity for
creative and inventive devotion, Chaim Margoles-Davidzon
was that writer. He never looked at life from his
unreal, gloomy suffering. Despite all the effort, and
despite the hardest conditions, he was altogether
productive and created works of the most important
In the exact blooming of his
life thirty years ago, this now deceased person through
a difficult illness, lost a foot. He made do with a
false prosthetic. He discovered a special attachment for
his car in order to keep on driving. Much like his
earlier days, he continued to travel all over wherever
his talent took him.
...And the sad day finally
arrived when his other foot was operated on. They took
off his toes, and his foot became useless. He was
confined to his bed, but he was determined to continue
his work as a writer. ...(He) arranged for a special
apparatus made of a board on his bed. This board was
able to move back and forth.
And the writer set up for
himself a special typewriter, which a factory, according
to his described plan produced. The typewriter was
larger than the normal size. It possessed
self-correcting sized letters in order to make a variety
of spaces between words of larger or smaller sizes. This
was especially necessary in order to print long lines of
regular size on a printed page.
Margoles-Davidzon used to
prepare the texts of his works on this typewriter in
such a manner that every page that he typed upon it,
would be exactly the same as it would appear on a book
page to be photographed and be print-ready.
the New Yiddish Literature," New York, 1963,
Volume 5, pp. 483-484.
-- "Tsu gast bay der velt," New York, 1948.