MEYER BLINKIN (1879-August 17, 1915)
He was born in Pereslav, Ukraine, and studied in a Talmud-Torah, acquiring a general education in a Kiev commercial school. By trade, he was a masseur. He emigrated to the United States in 1904. His first publication, a story, appeared in Tsukunft (Future) in 1903. He wrote sketches and stories for: Dovid Pinski’s Arbeter (Laborer), Der yidisher kemfer (The Jewish fighter), Dos yidishe folk (The Jewish people), Folks-blat (People’s paper), Idishe arbeter-velt (Jewish workers’ world) in Chicago, and Dos naye lebn (The new life), among others. Among his books: Vayber (Women), a poem in prose (London, 1908), 45 pp.; Der sod (The secret) (London, 1909), 51 pp.; Doktor makhover (Doctor Makhover) (New York, 1910), 32 pp.; Kortnshpil (Card play) (New York, 1914), 104 pp.; Ungern (Hungary) (New York, 1912), 32 pp.; Stories (New York, 1984), trans. Max Rosenfeld, 166 pp. He used the pen name: B. Mayer.
Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1; B. Rivkin, in Tsukunft (1915), pp. 871-72; Y. M. Leontief, in Tsukunft (1908), pp. 251-52; Sh. Epshteyn, in Tsukunft (August 1910).
[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 92.]
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