ALEKSANDER LEVINSON (b. 1899)
He descended from a rabbinical family in Russia. For many years he was a Hebrew teacher in New York. He wrote poems in Yiddish and publish them in: Yung-kuznye (Young smithy), Di feder (The pen), and Fraye arbeter-shtime (Free voice of labor), among other serials in New York. In book form, he published: Lider (Poetry) (New York, 1925), 47 pp.; Tsu der zun af der berg (To the sun on the mountain) (New York, 1928), 31 pp.; In mistishn likht, lider baym yam (In a mystical light, poems by the sea) (New York, 1930), 31 pp.; Vintn afn yam (Winds on the sea) (New York, 1948), 32 pp. His last poetry collected earned praise: “A. Levinson had forcefully come into his own as a poet,” wrote Avron Reyzen. “It’s a joy to read his new poems…. The much liked Levinson has afforded us a lovely gift.” For many years he was severely ill and resided in a recuperative facility.
Sources: A. Mark, in Literarishe bleter (Warsaw) (April 16, 1926); P. Vyernik, in Morgn-zhurnal (New York) (January 24, 1926; February 15, 1931); Dr. L. M. Herbert, in Dos idishe folk (New York) 45 (1926); Avrom Reyzen, in Di feder (New York) (1949), p. 276; oral information from Al. Pomerants in New York.