Avrahm Yarmolinsky (January 13, 1890 – September 28, 1975) was an author, translator, and the husband of Babette Deutsch.[1][2]

Avrahm (Abraham) Yarmolinsky
Avrahm Yarmolinsky in 1919.
Born(1890-01-13)January 13, 1890
DiedSeptember 28, 1975(1975-09-28) (aged 85)
New York City, United States
Occupation(s)author, translator
EmployerNew York Public Library
(m. 1921)
  • Bezalel Yarmolinsky
  • Malka (Nemoy) Yarmolinsky

He attended the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland before emigrating to USA in 1913. He received a bachelor's degree from City College of New York in 1916 and his doctorate from Columbia University in 1921.[3] He married Babette Deutsch on April 28, 1921.[1]

Yarmolinsky was head of the Slavonic Division of the New York Public Library from 1918 to 1955.[2]



Yarmolinsky authored, edited, and translated many works throughout his life.[1]

  • The Works of Alexander Pushkin (Random House, 1936)
  • A Treasury of Great Russian Short Stories: Pushkin to Gorky (Macmillan, 1944)
  • The Unknown Chekhov: Stories and Other Writings Hitherto Untranslated (Noonday, 1954)
  • Soviet Short Stories (Doubleday Anchor, 1960)
  • Russians, Then and Now: A Selection of Russian Writing from the Seventeenth Century to Our Own Day (Macmillan, 1963)
  • (with Babette Deutsch) More Tales of Faraway Folk (Harper, 1963)
  • The Letters of Anton Chekhov (Viking, 1973)
  • (with Moura Budberg) The Collected Short Stories of Maxim Gorky (Citadel Press, 1988)
Editor and translator
  • (with Deutsch) Modern Russian Poetry (Harcourt, 1921). Revised and published as A Treasury of Russian Verse (Macmillan, 1949), An Anthology of Russian Verse, 1816-1960 (Doubleday Anchor, 1962), and Two Centuries of Russian Verse: An Anthology from Lomonosov to Voznesensky (Random House, 1966).
  • (with Deutsch) Contemporary German Poetry: An Anthology (Harcourt, 1923)
  • The Portable Chekhov (Viking, 1947)


  1. ^ a b c d "Avrahm (Abraham) Yarmolinsky". Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale. 2002. Gale Document Number: GALE|H1000108792. Retrieved 2014-02-25. Biography in Context.
  2. ^ a b Liptzin, Sol (2007). "Avrahm Yarmolinsky". In Berenbaum, Michael; Skolnik, Fred (eds.). Encyclopaedia Judaica (2nd ed.). Detroit: Macmillan Reference. ISBN 978-0-02-866097-4. Gale K2587521201. Retrieved 2024-07-02.
  3. ^ "Dr. Avrahm Yarmolinsky Dead; Public Library Russian Expert". The New York Times. 1975-09-29. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-02-28.
  4. ^ Online archives

Further reading

  • S.J. Kunitz (ed.), Twentieth Century Authors, first supplement (1955)
  • H.M. Lyndenberg, in: New York Public Library Bulletin, 59 (March 1955), 107–32, list of works
  • R. Yachnin, ibid., 72 (June 1968), 414–9, list of works 1955–67
  • Bulletin of New York Public Library, March, 1955;
  • Chicago Sunday Tribune, May 3, 1959;
  • New York Times Book Review, May 10, 1959;
  • Commonweal, August 28, 1959