ERSHTE BLIT ערשטע בליט
St. Luis [St. Louis, Mo]: Aroysgegebn fun dem Umparteyishn Idishn Arbeter Klub, 1928. Hardcover. Item #41964
1st edition. Original blue cloth with gilt title in modernist typeface, 8vo, 111 pags, 23 cm. In Yiddish. Title translates as “First Bloom.” Poems. Chaim Schwartz (1903 - 1994) “was a poet, born in Berezin (Byerazino), Byelorussia. He attended religious elementary school and yeshiva….In 1922 he settled in St. Louis, Missouri, later in New York, and in 1937 in Los Angeles. For several years he worked as a teacher in the ‘Ordn’ (International Workers’ Order) schools. He was active in leftist literary circles. He debuted in print with a poem in Yung kuznye (Young furrier) in New York (1925). He went on to published poems in: Signal (Signal), Hamer (Hammer), Morgn frayhayt (Morning freedom), Yidishe kultur (Jewish culture), and Zamlungen (Collections)—in New York. His work also appeared in: Revolutsyonerer deklamator zamlung fun lider, poemes, dertseylungen, eynakters, tsum farleyenen, shipln un zingen bay arbeter-farveylung (Revolutionary declamation, collection of songs, poems, stories, [and] one-act plays to read aloud, enact, and sing for workers’ entertainment) (New York, 1933); and Nakhmen Mayzil’s Amerike in yidishn vort (America in the Yiddish word) (New York, 1955). His poetry books include: Ershte blitn [sic] (First blossoms) (St. Louis: Independent Jewish Labor Club, 1928), 111 pp.; Der groyser gerangl (The great struggle) (Los Angeles, 1943), 122 pp.; Unzer dor (Our generation) (Los Angeles, 1950), 168 pp.; In shayn fun baginen (In the glow of dawn) (New York: IKUF, 68), 252 pp.; Likhtike shtign (Illuminated staircase) (Los Angeles, 1975), 134 pp” (Beyle Gottesman in Yiddish Leksikon, 2019). For more on Schvarts, see Aleksander Pomerants, in Proletpen (Kiev) (1935), p. 244; Zishe Vaynper, in Yidisher kultur (New York) 4 (1951); Nosn Fodemberg, Shafer un boyer, eseyen vegn shrayber un bikher (Creators and builders, essays on writers and books) (New York: IKUF, 1967), pp. 140-47; Y. Kalman, in Morgn frayhayt (New York) (April 20, 1969). SUBJECT(S): Yiddish poetry. Communism. Commuist. Mississippi River. OCLC: 19304681. OCLC lists no actual hard copies, though some of those listed as “internet resources” may actually be hard copies incorrectly listed as digital. Light wear at spine, rear hinge just starting, about Very Good- Condition. Great modernist typeface cover. (YID-36-11-EL-'+).