Mani Leib

Mani Leib (1883–1953; also: Mani Leyb, pseudonym of Mani Leib Brahinsky; Yiddish:מאני לייב;) Yiddish poet, born in Nizhyn, (Chernigov district, Ukraine). He was one of eight children; his father sold furs, hides, and animals at regional fairs. His mother supported the family selling hens, geese and eggs. In A mayse vegn zikh" (A Story About Myself), he describes her as a fount of spontaneous rhymes, poems, and epigrams.

At the age of 11 Leyb left school to be apprenticed to a bootmaker; as a participant in "revolutionary activities", he was arrested twice while still in his teens.

He emigrated to the United States at the age of 22 and settled in New York in 1906. He published his poems in the Yiddish newspapers like the Forverts. Writing in the cadences of ordinary speech, he formed a group of poets called Di Yunge" (the Young). According to the Jewish Virtual Library, Leib's "sound poems drew renewed attention to the Yiddish language through their skillful use of alliteration and repetition."[1] These poems proved controversial, and were parodied by Moyshe-Leyb Halpern in 1910; the two, it is argued, became rivals.[2]

Mani Leib also wrote about children. His classic, Yingl Tsingl Khvat, was illustrated by the Russian avant-garde master, El Lissitzky.[3]

He worked throughout his life as a shoe and boot-maker, and he references his profession in the poem "I Am." He contracted Tuberculosis and lived in a sanatorium for two years. He never lost his belief in "the ability of poetry to transform the mundane into the divine."

His reputation continued to grow after his death, when his collected work was published: Lider un Baladn (Songs and Ballads) in 1955 and Sonetn (Sonnets) in 1961. Lider un baladn was reprinted in 1963 with parallel Hebrew translations by Shimshon Meltzer, and an introduction by Itzik Manger. The second volume of Lider un Baladn contains a brief autobiography.[4]


External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Mani Leib — vor 1918 Mani Leib (* 20. Dezember 1883 in Nischyn, Ukraine; † 4. Oktober 1953 in New York; jiddisch מאַני לייב, bürgerlicher Name Mani Leib Brahinsky) war ein jiddischsprachiger Dichter der Moderne. Er gehörte der Dichtergruppe Di Yunge an …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • MANI LEIB — (pseudonym of Mani Leib Brahinsky; 1883–1953), Yiddish poet. Born in Nizhyn (Chernigov district, Ukraine), Mani Leib arrived in the U.S. in 1905 after having participated in the Russian revolutionary movement. He immediately began publishing… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Mani Leib (Brahinski, Mani Leib) — (1883 1953)    American Yiddish poet and journalist. He was born in Russia and emigated to the US in 1905. He served on the editorial staff of Forverts from 1916 to 1953 and edited a number of journals of the Yiddish literary movement Di Yunge.… …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

  • Leib (Begriffsklärung) — Leib steht für: Leib, der Körper von lebenden Menschen und Tieren Leib ist der Vorname folgender Personen: Leib Bronschtein (1879–1940), bekannter als Leo Trotzki, sowjetischer Politiker und marxistischer Revolutionär Leib Gruzalc († 1943),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Liste jiddischer Schriftsteller — Liste jiddischsprachiger Dichter und Schriftsteller Inhaltsverzeichnis A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A Lajzer Ajchenrand (1911 1985) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • CHILDREN'S LITERATURE — This entry is arranged according to the following outline: introduction CHILDREN S LITERATURE IN HEBREW early period …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Yiddish literature — Introduction       the body of written works produced in the Yiddish language of Ashkenazic (Ashkenazi) Jewry (central and eastern European Jews and their descendants).       Yiddish literature culminated in the period from 1864 to 1939, inspired …   Universalium

  • YIDDISH (LANGUE, LITTÉRATURE ET THÉÂTRE) — Le yiddish est la principale langue utilisée au cours du dernier millénaire par les Juifs ashkénazes, c’est à dire les groupes juifs établis en Allemagne et en France depuis le temps de Charlemagne, en Bohême, en Pologne, en Lituanie, en Ukraine …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Moyshe-Leyb Halpern — (not to be confused with Mani Leib, another Yiddish poet) Moyshe Leyb Halpern (January 2, 1886 – August 31, 1932) was a Yiddish language modernist poet. He was born and raised in a traditional Jewish household in Zlotshev, Galicia and brought to… …   Wikipedia

  • NEZHIN — NEZHIN, city in Chernigov district, Ukraine. Jews first settled in Nezhin in the early 17th century, but the community was destroyed during the Khmelnitski uprising. They resettled there in the early 18th century. The ẓaddik Dov Ber of lubavich …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.