LEE, MALKE (pseudonym of Malke Leopold-Rappaport ; 1904–1964), Yiddish poet. Born in Monastrich (Galicia), she immigrated to New York in 1921. Her poems appeared in Yiddish periodicals from 1922 and were collected in six volumes, of which In Likht fun Doyres ("In the Light of Generations," 1961) was the most mature. Accenting nature and love, her lyrics focus on the Dniester, the farmers of New York's Catskill range, her attachment to the U.S., and Israel's resurgence. She also wrote a memoir after the war, Durkh Kindershe Oygn ("Through the Eyes of Childhood," 1955).
lnyl, 5 (1963), 36–7. add. bibliography: F. Forman (ed.), Found Treasures: Stories by Yiddish Women Writers (1994), 159–85.
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