Wednesday 13 April 2016


PHILIP S. VALD (1890-1917)
            He was born in New York where his father was a beadle in a small prayer house.  He studied in a religious elementary school and for a short time in a public school.  In his youth he lost his mother and became a vagabond and a frequenter at the “Jewish Music Hall” where from time to time he appeared on stage with his own lyrics.  He served in the American navy, deserted, and then lived in Boston and St. Louis, doing an assortment of jobs, making do to get by, and unable to overcome his poor situation.  He began writing farces, in Yiddish and English, a number of which were staged by him alone.  In 1910 he debuted in print in Fraye arbeter shtime (Free voice of labor) in New York with a story which excelled in its profound feeling and purity of language.  He also contributed to Idisher kemfer (Jewish fighter) in New York.  For a time he was an internal writer for the weekly Der forshteyer (The representative) in St. Louis, in which he placed articles, feature pieces, and stories.  In 1916 he became ill with tuberculosis, spent some time at the sanatorium in Denver, and then later returned to St. Louis and died there.  His stories and features, which he sent to Zalmen Reyzen in Vilna, may be found in the YIVO archives in New York.

Source: R. A. (Ayzland) and N. Pomerants, in Der inzl (New York) 5 (1925), pp. 40-41, 61-62.

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