Cedars of Lebanon: Toward My Biography
SHOLOM ALEICHEM, the 100th anniversary of whose birth is currently being celebrated, is no stranger to COMMENTARY. Selections from his work published in earlier issues include: “Journalism in the New Kasrilevke” (July 1956), “Sholom Aleichem in Sickness” (October 1950), and “Sholom Aleichem in Exile” (December 1949). In addition, a memoir of Sholom Aleichem by his daughter, Lala Kaufman, appeared in September 1957, and an article on him by Norman Podhoretz in September 1953.
The selection that follows is a brief autobiographical memoir that was written in response to a request from Sholom Aleichem’s friend, Y. H. Revnitzky-also the friend, publisher, and collaborator of Chaim Nachman Bialik, the great modern Hebrew writer. These notes anticipate a later, unfinished autobiography, begun in 1913 and published in 1916, which appeared in English as The Great Fair. Jacob Sloan translated these excerpts from the original Yiddish.-ED.
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