Alter Esselin

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Birthday
23, 1889
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Nov 22, 1974 (85)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
23, 1889
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Nov 22, 1974 (85)

About

Russian-American, Yiddish-language poet known for Knoytn, Unter der last, and other works. He was the 1954 recipient of the prestigious Harry Kovner Award for Yiddish poetry.

Before Fame

His father died when he was ten years old, and his mother apprenticed him to a carpenter.

Trivia

His poems frequently dealt with themes of poverty and loneliness.

Family Life

He married Becky Friedland, with whom he had two sons.

Associated With

Isaac Bashevis Singer was another important Yiddish literary figure.