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For the New York politician, see Samuel L. Greenberg.

Samuel Bernard Greenberg (December 13, 1893 – August 16, 1917) was an Austrian-American Jewish poet and artist. Greenberg grew up in poverty on the Lower East Side of New York City and spent the last years of his life in and out of charity hospitals. He died of tuberculosis in the Manhattan State Hospital on Wards Island. What little mainstream critical attention he has received has arisen through debate over the poet Hart Crane's re-writing of several Greenberg poems, most notably "Conduct", into "Emblems of Conduct" by Crane.

Samuel Greenberg
Born(1893-12-13)December 13, 1893
DiedAugust 16, 1917(1917-08-16) (aged 23)
Cause of deathtuberculosis
Nationality United States
OccupationArtist and Poet


Posthumously published editions

Poems from the Greenberg Manuscripts: A Selection from the Work of Samuel B. Greenberg, James Laughlin, ed. Norfolk: New Directions, 1939.

Poems by Samuel Greenberg: A Selection from the Manuscripts, Harold Holden and Jack McManis, eds. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1947.

Samuel Greenberg, Hart Crane, and the Lost Manuscripts, Marc Simon. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1978. (Critical study with appendix that prints Crane's typescript of forty-one poems by Greenberg.)

Self Charm: Selected Sonnets & Other Poems, Michael Carr and Michael Smith, eds. Cambridge, MA: Katalanche Press, 2005.

Further readingEdit

  • "Coda: Samuel Greenberg: The Deserted Soul" from "Yehoash and the Yiddish Hiawatha" in Yiddish Poetry and the Tuberculosis Sanatorium: 1900-1970[1]


  1. ^ Ernest B. Gilman (2014). Yiddish Poetry and the Tuberculosis Sanatorium: 1900-1970. Syracuse University Press. pp. 34–39. ISBN 9780815633792. OCLC 890807803. Retrieved 11 November 2018.

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