Sholem Aleichem





Sholem Aleichem

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born
in Pereyaslav, Russian Federation
March 02, 1859

died
March 13, 1916

gender
male

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Jewish writer, Sholem Rabinovich (1859-1916), who wrote under the pen name of Sholem Aleichem (Hebrew for "peace be upon you").

From 1883 on, Sholem Aleichem produced over forty volumes in Yiddish, thereby becoming a central figure in Yiddish literature by 1890.

Sholem Aleichem's narratives were notable for the naturalness of his characters' speech and the accuracy of his descriptions of shtetl life. Early critics focused on the cheerfulness of the characters, interpreted as a way of coping with adversity. Later critics saw a tragic side in his writing. He was often referred to as the "Jewish Mark Twain" because of the two authors' similar writing styles and use of pen names. Both authors wrote for both adults and children, and lectured exte
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More books by Sholem Aleichem…
“Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.”
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tags: life

“No matter how bad things get, you've got to go on living, even if it kills you.”
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“You see how it is, my dear friends. There's no pleasing everyone. It's hopeless to even try, and the more you play the peacemaker, the less peaceful things become.”
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