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Isaac B. Singer: A Life

3.15 of 5 stars 3.15  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991) is widely recognized as the most popular Yiddish writer of the twentieth century. His translated body of work, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978, is beloved around the world. But although Singer was a very public and outgoing figure, much about his personal life remains unknown. In Isaac Bashevis Singer, Florence ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Isaac Bashevis Singer had so many identities it is difficult to contain all of them in a single biography. A Pole who emigrated to America, he is all but dismissed in his homeland. Descended from seven generations of rabbis, he embraced a secular lifestyle. A champion of the Yiddish language, he was rejected by the traditional Yiddish community. Singer wrote his stories in Yiddish then rewrote them in English, creating two distinct works rather than a set of translations. It would seem appropria ...more
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Dec 03, 2007 Dick Nepon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yiddishist, strugglers, etc
A great deal about what made Singer who he was.
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