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Anna Strunsky (L) and her sister Rose while Rose was studying at Stanford University.Rose Strunsky Lorwin, born Rose Strunsky (1884, Russia – 1963, New York City) was a Jewish Russian-American translator and socialist based in New York City. She was an ally of Emma Goldman. She was a member of the Heterodoxy Club.

Rose Strunsky was born to a Jewish Russian family in what is now Belarus and was part of the Russian Empire, the daughter of Elias Strunsky (1851–1923) and Anna Horowitz (1851–1933). She had older siblings Anna Strunsky and Max. In 1886 her family emigrated by ship to the United States, settling in New York City. The sisters learned English and attended public schools. After several years the family moved to San Francisco, where they lived with her older brother, Dr. Max Strunsky, who had become a physician. Like her older sister Anna Strunsky, Rose attended Stanford University.

Rose and Anna became active in socialist politics and San Francisco's literary scene, where they were members of "The Crowd", which included writer Jack London. In 1905 the sisters travelled together in Russia as correspondents for William English Walling, an American socialist who had a revolutionary news bureau. Anna Strunsky married him later that year, before the three returned to the United States. They lived in Greenwich Village in New York City in the 1910s. She was part of the Heterodoxy club, the name adopted by a feminist debating group in Greenwich Village; the membership also included bisexual and lesbian women, in addition to heterosexuals.

Throughout her life she worked as a translator. Her translations into English include Maxim Gorky's The Confession, the journal of Leo Tolstoy and Leon Trotsky's Literature and Revolution.

The Rose Strunsky Lorwin Papers at the Fales Library and Special Collections, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, NYU, contain a small amount of typescripts (mostly poems) written by Sinclair Lewis for Rose Strunsky. Ten of the typescripts have autograph revisions by Lewis; another eleven have revisions and suggestions that are presumed to have been made by Rose Strunsky. These poems were written around 1910 or 1911.

Rose Strunsky married Lewis Lorwin (1883–1970) in 1920. She was the mother of Val, Boris [2] and Rosalind Lorwin.[3] Her daughter became a psychology professor.

Rose Strunsky Lorwin died in New York in 1963.[1]


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  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Strunsky_Lorwin