A Labor Bund activist who joined the Russian Revolution, Miriam Raskin went on to write stories of ordinary people challenged by extraordinary circumstances. Raskin served a year in prison in St. Petersburg for her participation in the 1905 Revolution before coming to New York in 1920. She wrote three books, a serialized novel, and short stories that were published in Yiddish-language periodicals ranging from the literary journal Di Tsunkunft to the children’s magazine Kinderzhournal. In 1941 Der Forverts editor Abraham Cahan devoted five columns to discussing Raskin’s short story anthology Shtile Lebns. Raskin’s novels included Tsen yor lebn in 1927, Zlatke in 1951, and Bay a fremdn fayer, which was serialized in Der Forverts in 1951. Her work often featured strong and vivid female protagonists, from schoolchildren to revolutionaries, caught up in moments of transition. Playing with the boundaries of Yiddish literature, she incorporated English words written in dialect into her later works.
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