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Anna Margolin

Under the name Anna Margolin, Rosa Lebensboim wrote what critics called some of the finest Yiddish poetry of the earliest twentieth century. In 1906 Margolin immigrated to New York, where she met the philosopher Chaim Zhitlovsky, becoming his secretary and through him finding work as a Yiddish journalist for the Fraye Arbeter Shtime. She then travelled to Europe and Palestine, marrying and divorcing before returning to New York in 1913. A year later she joined the editorial staff of Der Tog and began traveling Europe as a correspondent and columnist on women’s issues like suffrage. Throughout this time she wrote fiction under a variety of pen names, although she published all of her poetry as Anna Margolin. Writing in a modernist style, she was praised for blending very personal material with an intellectual approach. In 1923 she edited a poetry anthology called Dos Yidishe Lid in Amerika, showcasing a wide range of the best contemporary writers. Her own poetry was anthologized in the highly praised Lider in 1929, shortly after which she fell victim to intense depression and refused to publish any further work. Despite this, many celebrated poets continue to translate and revisit her work.

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Anna Margolin, 1903
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Rosa Lebensboim, known as Anna Margolin in 1903. Critics claim she authored the finest Yiddish poetry of the early twentieth century.

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Date of Birth
January 21, 1887
Place of Birth
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Date of Death
June 29, 1952
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Anna Margolin." (Viewed on December 15, 2017) <https://jwa.org/people/margolin-anna>.

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