Tuesday, 20 May 2014


IZABELLA (1863-1938)
Pseudonym of Beyle Fridberg, daughter of the writer A. Sh. Fridberg and the first wife of Mortkhe Spektor.  She was born in Grodno.  Living in St. Petersburg in the 1880s, she came into contact with Yiddish literary circles there and began to write herself.  His first story, “Der yosem” (The orphan), was published in Hoyz-fraynd (House friend), no. 1 (1888).  She also published: “In der fremd” (Abroad), Hoyz-fraynd, no. 1; “Nisht oysgehaltn” (Inconsistent), Yudishe biblyotek (Jewish library), no. 1; Fun glik tsum keyver, a khosn oyf oystsoln (From joy to the grave, a husband on the installment plan) (Warsaw, 1894), 28 pp.  In her stories, she tried to describe the life of a Jewish, middle-class distinct from the situation of education young women among the Jews.  In the 1890s she settled in Odessa.  She began writing in Russian, completed several dramatic pieces, but they were never published.  In 1910 she moved to Constantinople.  She died there in 1938.

Source: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1.

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