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Nyu-York (New York) : Idish Lebn (Yiddish/Yiddish Leben)(1928). 1st edition. Original publishers illustrated boards, 8vo, 256 pages. 21 cm. Includes over 50 modernist children's illustrations, including Yosl Cutler's famous Chagal-esque image of a cow jumping over a peasant's home as the peasant catches and egg in his hands. In Yiddish. Title translates as, "Little Tales. " "Ilustrirt fun Zuni Maud un Yosl Kotler. " Nr. 49 in the Library of Congress's "Illustrated Children's Books and Periodicals in Hebrew and Yiddish, 1900-1929 in the Collections of the Library of Congress: An Illustrated Finding Aid" (see online) : "A collection of 43 stories by Yiddish writer Herman Gold. The illustrations were created by Zuni Maud (1891-1956) and Yosl Cutler (d. 1934) , a team of artists best-known as Yiddish puppeteers during the 1920s. Their puppet shows centered on Jewish themes mixed with a strong dose of Socialism and were created from their own designs. The two artists began working together in New York sometime in the 1920s after immigrating from Russia. " Two of the images, including Cutler's Jumping Cow, are featured in the YIVO exhibit, "Through the Yiddish Looking Glass: The Art of Yiddish Children's Literature. " Between 1916-1920 Zuni Maud edited the entertainment section in Forverts, and his comics and cartoons appeared later in the Zionist daily Di Tsayt, the satirical weekly Der Groyser Kundes, and in several magazines for children published in Yiddish. In 1924 he designed the scenery and costumes for the production of Maurice Schwartz "Di kishefmacherin; " he later began his artistic cooperation with the puppeteer Yosi Cutler and together they opened the Union Studio "Studio Modicut", which included a puppet theater. In 1928, together, they designed costumes for the contemporary adaptation of "God, Man and Devil" by Jakub Gordin. In 1929, they set off on a tour around Europe, they staged their puppet performances in London, Paris, Brussels and Warsa . In 1930 they were invited to the Soviet Union where for six months they staged plays in many cities. They returned to New York in 1932, and a year later they finished cooperation. In 1935, on one of Hollywood's streets, Yosi Cutler was killed by a drunk driver. Maud was known for his pro-communist views, and for many years he collaborated with the Morgen Frayhayt newspaper. In April 1956, the chief editor, Paul (Pesach) Novick, called a meeting of the editorial staff and announced that following Stalin's death, it had come to light that many Soviet Yiddish writers and artists had been killed as a result of the trial of Jewish poets These were people whom Zuni Maud met during his stay in the Soviet Union; the news strongly shocked him, and after returning home he suffered a heart attack and died (Wikipedia, 2017) . Light wear to boards, toning to spine and paper, about Very Good Condition. (YID-28-10)
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