Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


William Edlin


Born in 1878 in Priluki, Poltava Gubernia, Ukraine. 1891 -- immigrated to California (America), where he studied at Stanford University.

1893 -- became interested in the Workers' Movement, and in 1896 he began to contribute to "Abend blat", then published his first work in English, under the name "Der kumendiker sotsialer kamf".

1899 -- is a correspondent and later manager for "The folks-tsaytung", and after its downfall was co-founder of the weekly page "The Social Democrat", of which he was the first editor, then was editorial member of the "Forward", where in 1902-03 he co-edited and for a certain time also was editor. (1904 until 1913), where he had each Monday published under the name "In der velt fun drama un muzik (In the World of Drama and Music" an article with news and stories about Yiddish theatre.

E. also for a certain time was General Secretary of the "Workmen's Circle". 1914 -- editorial member and later editor of "Der tog", from where he had in 1925 resigned, and in 1930 returned and entered again as a editorial member and editor of the "Theater-zayt" and also very often wrote reviews about Yiddish theatre.

E. issued a book "Velt-berihmte operes" (publisher Hebrew Publishing Co., N. Y., 1907), in which he talked about the subject of the popular European operas, together with a critical assessments and with an introduction generally about music and opera.

On 30 August 1912 in Adler's People's Theatre, E.'s "Mentshn un keytn, a family drama in four acts" was announced, with Jacob P. Adler as "Lawyer Lunts", but close to the premiere, the production was called off, and the play was never staged.

In October 1931 in Adler's Theatre, there was staged "Der yid, a play by William Edlin and Leon Kuperman". According to B. Gorin, the play was adopted from Henry Bernstein's play "Israel", which E. denied categorically.

M. E.

  • Z. Reyzen -- "Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. II, pp. 713-15.

  • B. Gorin -- "History of Yiddish Theatre", Vol. II, pp. 214, 270.

  • Y. Slonim -- "Der id" in adler theater, "Theater un muving piktshurs", N. Y., N' 2, 1913.

  • D. B. [ Sh. Yanovsky] -- In theater, "Fraye arbayter shtime", N. Y., 25 October 1913.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1541.

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