Osip Dymov (writer)
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Dymov was born in Białystok, then in the Russian Empire. His father came from Germany, and died when Yosif was quite young. Yosif attended a Russian gymnasium, and went on to study at the Imperial Forestry Institute in St. Petersburg, graduating in 1902.
At the age of 16 he began to publish humorous stories in Russian satiric journals. At that time he took the pen name 'Osip Dymov', from the character in Anton Chekhov's short story "The Grasshopper" (1892), and continued to write under that name throughout his career.
He emigrated to the United States in 1913, at the invitation of Yiddish actor and theatre director Boris Thomashefsky, and subsequently became known for his contributions to Yiddish theatre. Among his most popular plays are Yoshke Musikant (Yoshke the musician; 1914) and Bronx Express (1919). The latter play had its premiere in 1919 in a Yiddish translation, at the Jewish Art theatre of Jacob Ben-Ami; it was later translated into English and performed at the Astor Theatre on Broadway, in 1922, to mixed reviews.
- Sandrow, Nahma (1976). Vagabond Stars: A World History of Yiddish Theater. New York: Limelight Editions. p. 193.
- Schedrin, Vassili (1 March 2011). "Dymov, Osip". YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
- "Ossip Dymov." Encyclopaedia Judaica. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007. Retrieved via Biography in Context database, 2017-04-25.
- Stalter-Pace, S. (2013). Underground Movements: Modern Culture on the New York City Subway. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press. ISBN 9781625340559. p. 116-117.
- The Bronx Express at the Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
- Stalter-Pace (2013), p. 112.
- Osip Dymov by Caraid O'Brien
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