Friday 10 July 2015


SHIMEN V. GORDON (1863-1929)
            He was born in a town near Bialystok, Poland.  He studied in religious elementary school, synagogue study hall, and with a private tutor.  In 1884 he emigrated to the United States and settled in Newark, New Jersey.  He worked as a laborer, a community leader, and speaker.  He published poems and humorous sketches, as well as translations from German and English poetry, in Forverts (Forward), Der telegraf (The telegraph), Folks advokat (The people’s advocate), and in the local Nuarker veker (Newark alarm) (1912-1914), Di dzhoyrzi moskito (The Jersey mosquito) (1913), and Der shtern (The star), among others.  He left in manuscript a translation in rhymed verse of Shakespeare’s Komedye fun teusim (Comedy of Errors).  He died in Newark.

Source: Max Y. Hirshberg, The Jewish Community, Blue Book of Newark (1924), p. 711.

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