|Noah J. Gotlib|
Born in 1901 in Kovno, Lithuania, Noah Gotlib is remembered as a talented poet, writer and journalist,
an individual who spoke to many through his multitude of work. Gotlib, whose father was the head of
a Hassidic yeshiva, was educated in both traditional Jewish and secular schools. Gotlib also studied
for and received his teaching diploma from a Soviet Normal School.
Gotlib's earliest poetry was in Hebrew but he soon took to writing in Yiddish. This writing included
lyric poetry and prose, essays, literary criticism and articles. His immigration to Montreal in 1930
was helped in part by the sponsorship of a man he had never met but who admired Gotlib's poetry: the
poet and brother of Yaakov Zipper, Sholem Shtern. Gotlib was quickly engrossed in the booming literary
world of Yiddish Montreal by becoming a regular contributor to the Keneder Odler. The newspaper printed
his articles as well as a semi-daily journal published under the pseudonym "H. Yudelevitch". His first
collection of poetry was published in 1931 in Montreal and thereafter Gotlib published books of poetry
almost continuously until his death in 1967.
Noah J. Gotlib
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