StorageSiteUCL Special Collections
Reference Number MS MOCATTA/38
TitlePhineas Kahn
DescriptionHolograph manuscript of the novel 'Phineas Kahn: portrait of an immigrant', by Simon Blumenfeld.
Extent8 volumes
AdminHistoryBorn London, to immigrant parents, 1907; began work at 14 as a cutter and presser in a tailoring sweatshop, and later sold dress fabric in a market stall; became a journalist, contributing to the 'Left Review' and writing plays for the left-wing Workers' Theatre; formed an East End literary group with Willy Goldman and the Litvinoff brothers; served in the army during World War II, latterly as a scriptwriter in an entertainment unit; afterwards became a show business journalist as well as writing on boxing for the 'Weekly Sporting Review'; collaborated with Bernard Mendelovitch and Harry Ariel on scripts for the Yiddish acting troupe based at the Grand Palais; wrote a weekly column for 'The Stage' under the pseudonym Sidney Vauncez; ; became Light Entertainment Editor of 'The Stage', 1962; entered the 'Guinness Book of Records' as the world's oldest columnist, 2004; died 2005. Publications include: 'Jew Boy' (1935); 'Phineas Kahn: Portrait of an Immigrant' (1937); 'The Promised Land', the last Yiddish play to be professionally staged in Europe (1960); 'The Battle of Cable Street' (1987); and western novels under the pseudonym Huck Messer; he also used the pen names Peter Simon and C V Curtis.
CustodialHistoryIncludes fragment of a letter from E Lahr, bookseller to Sir Louis [?] regarding purchase of the manuscript. Formerly held with other Jewish collections in the Mocatta Library of University College London.
AcquisitionTransferred from the Mocatta Library (subsequently the Jewish Studies Library) of University College London.
AccessConditionsThe papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
Related MaterialUniversity College London Special Collections also holds a manuscript of Simon Blumenfeld's 'Doctor of the Lost', together with parts of an untitled screenplay (Ref: MS MOCATTA 47)
PublnNotePublished London: J.Cape, 1937.
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