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Recovering Yiddish Culture in Los Angeles

Caroline Luce, Author

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Lune Mattes: Bibliography

The information for this path came from Dr. Sunny Yudkoff, who includes a discussion of Mattes and his work in her forthcoming book, "Let it be Consumption!: Tuberculosis and the Modern Jewish Writer." 

Dr. Yudkoff also assembled the selected bibliography below. If you have any additional information about Lune Mattes (Mattes Luniansky) that you are interested in contributing, if you have any more information about an item you've seen on our website or if you are the copyright owner and believe our website has not properly attributed your work to you or has used it without permission, we want to hear from you. Please email Mapping Jewish Los Angeles at with your contact information and a link to relevant content. 

Selected poems (in English)

“Colorado,” in America in Yiddish Poetry: An Anthology, trans. Jehiel B. Cooperman and Sarah H. Cooperman, New York, Exposition Press, 1967, 361-371.

“Denver,” Trans. by Abraham Wolftraub, Hatikvah, vol.1, no. 2 (1923): 2.

“The Song of Thanks and Love,” Trans. Deena Spivak Strauss, Hatikvah, vol.1, no. 6 (1923): 15.

“Light and Dreams,” Hatikvah, vol. 1, no. 3 (1923): 5-6.

Selected poems (in Yiddish)

Mayrev (Los Angeles):
"Er hot gevaynt [He Wept]," no. 1 (February, 1925): 32.

Pasifik (Los Angeles):
Mayn grus fun Pasifik [My Greeting from the Pacific],” no. 1 (March, 1929): 29-30.
Zikh gezegnt [Parted Ways],” no. 3 (September, 1929): 41.
"Lider [Poems]," no. 4 (Dec., 1929): 37.

Dos vort (New York) [under name: Mattes Luniansky]
Mayn got [My God],” vol. 3, no. 1 (1922): 10.
Nokh eyn tog [One More Day],” vol. 3 no. 6 (1922): 6.

Baym fayer (Philadelphia)
In umglik [In Ruin],” vol. 3-4 (1920): 91.

Grininke beymelekh (Wilno, today Vilnius)
Hiner-hener-tants [Chicken Dance],” vol. 1, no. 9 (May, 1927): 293-4.
Vinter [Winter],” vol. 2, no. 5-6 (15-16), (December, 1927): 253-4.

Kultur (Chicago)
Farshemt [Shamed],” vol 1., no. 6 (November, 1925): 5.
Shand [Shame],” vol. 1., no. 6 (November, 1925): 5.


Ofene toyren [Open Portals]. Denver: Literarishe Grupe (Dovid Edelsthat Branch 450 Arbeiter Ring) and Ladies Educational Club, 1923.

A yidishe tragedye: a tragedye in finf aktn: fun yidishn lebn in Amerike [A Jewish Tragedy: A Tragedy in Five Acts: from A Jewish Life in America]. Los Angeles: Palm Publishing House, 1927.

Der vayser prints fun der vayser plage [The White Prince of the White Plague]. Los Angeles: Palm Publishing House, 1927.

Momentn [Moments]. Chicago: Byalistoker Yugent Farband [Bialystock Youth Association], 1927.

Studya [Studio]. Los Angeles: Palm Publishing House, 1928.

In karahod [In the Dance Circle: Children’s Poems]. Los Angeles: Palm Publishing House, 1928.

Vayse trit [White Steps]. Los Angeles: Palm Publishing House, 1929-1932.

Works About Mattes

“L. Mates.” Vokh I, no. 7 (November 15, 1929): 7. Yiddish.

“L. Mates -- Vayse trit.” Lid [Poem] I, no. 2 (1933): 14. Yiddish.

[Melech Ravitch]. “Yo! Un Neyn! Af naye bikher: L. Mates, ‘Yidisher Tragedye.’” Naye Folkstaytung, no. 234 (October 14, 1927): 8. Yiddish.

Rosenblat, H. “Bikher: Ofene toyren fun L. Mates.Mayrev no. I (February 1925): 52–55.

Shea Tenenbaum, “Kinstler in Spivak Sanatoriyum [Artists in the Spivak Sanatorium],” Chicago Courier, June 28, 1936. Yiddish.

Sh[muel] Zar[amb], “Bikher velt,” Literarishe bleter, no. 1 (January 4, 1929): 16. Yiddish.
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