(alternative spelling Cherny
) (), real name Alexander Mikhailovich Glickberg
, () (13 October 1880 N.S.
– 5 July 1932) was a Russian
poet, satirist and children's writer.
Alexander Glikberg was born into a Jewish
family of pharmacists
, Russian Empire
(currently in Ukraine
) on October 13 N.S.
1880. The Glikberg family was not a happy one: his mother suffered from hysteria
and children were bad for her nerves; his father often became violent and severely punished his children. It so happened that among the five Glikberg children there were two Alexanders (or Sashas for short), the blond Sasha was usually called White Sasha
in Russian) and the brunet Black Sasha
The Glikberg children could not enter a gymnasium
because of the quota restriction for enrollment of Jews
in schools in Imperial Russia
. Eventually the Glikbergs solved the problem by baptizing
themselves and their children. After this, in 1889, the children entered the Odessa
gymnasium. Alexander found studying in the gymnasium akin to boring bureaucratic service. At the age of fifteen he ran away from home. For some time he lived with his aunt in Saint Petersburg
, but after being expelled from a Saint Petersburg gymnasium for failing algebra
, he was left homeless and without money. Neither his parents nor other relatives responded to his letters and pleas for help.
Fortunately for Alexander, one of his stories was published by... Read More