Abraham Cahan

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Birthday
7, 1860
Birthplace
Lithuania
Death Date
Aug 31, 1951 (91)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
7, 1860
Birthplace
Lithuania
Death Date
Aug 31, 1951 (91)

About

A socialist newspaper editor and novelist who wrote in both Yiddish and English, he is best known for works such as Yekl, A Tale of New York City (1897) and The Rise of David Levinsky (1917). He became a key figure in the development of the Jewish Daily Forward, a famous socialist newspaper.

Before Fame

He became a Jewish government school teacher in Russia in the early 1880s. Later, he immigrated to the United States, where he worked in journalism and taught English lessons to Jewish immigrants.

Trivia

He published his debut short story, A Providential Match, in 1896.

Family Life

He was born in Lithuania. His grandfather was a rabbi and his father was a Hebrew teacher.

Associated With

He, like Saul Bellow, was a Jewish-American writer.