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Emjo Basshe

Born: Jan 20, 1898

Death: Oct 29, 1939

Birthplace: Vilnius

Nationality: Lithuania

Emjo Basshe

Date of Birth : Jan 20, 1898
Date of Death : Oct 29, 1939
Birth Place : Vilnius

Emjo Basshe was a Lithuanian-born Jewish American playwright of Spanish ancestry and theatre director who co-founded New York City's New Playwrights Theatre in 1926. A recipient of 1931 Guggenheim Fellowship for creative work in theatre and drama, and one of the initial members, in 1935, of the Communist Party-founded League of American Writers, he won first prize for Thunderbolt, also referenced as Thunder-Clock, which was judged in a University of Chicago competition to be the "best unproduced long play of the year 1935".

Also known as


  • Emmanuel Iode Abarbanel Basshe

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
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