OVSAY, JOSHUA (1883 or 1885–1957), Hebrew literary critic. Born in Russia, he lived in the U.S. from 1918 to 1955, when he immigrated to Israel.
His first publication in Hebrew appeared in Ha-Meliẓ and he subsequently contributed essays and articles on literature to the Hebrew (and occasionally the Yiddish) press. Some of his essays on writers and books were collected in Ma'amarimu-Reshimot (1947). He edited the writings of Moses Halevy (with Hillel *Bavli) and the literary anthology Koveẓ Sippurim mi-Mendele ad Bialik (1942). He also translated Dickens' Old Curiosity Shop (1924).
Waxman, Literature, 5 (19602), 206f.; Kressel, Leksikon, 1 (1965), 35.
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