[YIDDISH THEATRE BEFORE THE REVOLUTION] Yidisher teater. 1887-1917 [i.e. Yiddish Theatre. 1887-1917].

Item #574

Moscow: Emes, 1940. 319 pp. 22x15 cm. In original full-cloth binding with colored and blind lettering. In very good condition.

First and only edition. One of 2000 copies. In Yiddish.
A phenomenon of the Yiddish theatre stood alive in the Russian Empire even if tsarism restricted it in 1883 and the initiator of the modern Yiddish theatre Abraham Goldfaden with his troupe had to leave the country. The performances illegally staged and it mostly was ‘play for the sake of play’ by the semiliterate actors. After the 1905 Russian revolution, the Jewish theatres were allowed, the troupes changed the manner of staging and repertoire: the world plays and the works of contemporary playwrights were performed as well. The Jewish critic and literary historian Nokhem Oyslender (Nahum Auslaender; 1893-1962) analyzed the impact of playwrights, actors and directors on Yiddish theatre and culture for the last 30 years of the Russian Empire.

Worldcat shows 4 printed copies at Hebrew Union College, University of Florida, Johns Hopkins University and Stanford University.

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