Pinski, David (pĭnˈskē) [key], 1872–1959, Yiddish dramatist and novelist, b. Russia. He wrote stories and plays in Yiddish about the ghetto and assisted in editing a Yiddish periodical in Moscow. After studying medicine in Berlin for two years, he emigrated (1899) to the United States. In New York City he edited several labor and socialist papers. He was one of the most successful playwrights of the Yiddish Theatre, and his play The Treasure was produced in English by the Theatre Guild in 1920. He went to live in Israel in 1950. Among his works available in English are Ten Plays (tr. 1920); King David and His Wives (tr. 1923), a play; and Arnold Levenberg (1928), a novel.
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