Nyu York [New York]: Farlag "Feder" 1924. Item #42181
1st edition. Original Publisher’s cloth, 12mo, 100 pages; 19 cm. Warmly inscribed in Yiddish by author on title page. In Yiddish. Title translates as, “Ernst Toller: The Tragedy of a Searching Spirit.” Lieberman was a Yiddish essayist and literary critic who wrote for the daily Yiddishes Tageblatt. As a Labor Zionist, he was active in the founding of the Jewish National Worker's Alliance (Farband) and Yiddish secular schools. In the 1930s Lieberman became an orthodox Jew and joined the religious Zionist movement. In his later writings he attacked left-wing Yiddish writers. His book “The Christianity of Shalom Asch”, is an attack against Shalom Asch's christological novels (YIVO). Toller (1893-1939) was “a German left-wing playwright, best known for his Expressionist plays. He served in 1919 for six days as President of the short-lived Bavarian Soviet Republic, and was imprisoned for five years for his actions. He wrote several plays and poetry during that period, which gained him international renown. They were performed in London and New York as well as Berlin. In 2000, several of his plays were published in an English translation. In 1933 Toller was exiled from Germany after the Nazis came to power. He did a lecture tour in 1936-1937 in the United States and Canada, settling in California for a while before going to New York. He joined other exiles there. Struggling financially and depressed at learning his brother and sister had been sent to a concentration camp in Germany, he committed suicide in May 1939 (Wikipedia). SUBJECT(S): Authors, German -- 20th century. OCLC: 19312891. E´crivains allemands -- 20e sie`cle. Number penned on title page. Some old damp to covers, with some bubbling to boards. Internally clean, with just a little waviness to upper margin of first couple pages. Inscription remains clean and unaffected. Good+ Condition (YID-43-18-LX-’e).