Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Franklin Library Isaac Bashevis Singer books

Gimpel the Fool and other stories - signed limited edition - 1980
The Penitent - signed first edition - 1983
Gimpel the Fool and other stories - collected stories of the World's greatest writers - 1983
The Death of Methuselah - signed first edition - 1988

Isaac Bashevis Singer biography

Isaac Bashevis Singer, a luminary of Yiddish literature, was born on July 14, 1902, in Leoncin, a small village in Poland, then part of the Russian Empire. He hailed from a family with deep roots in Jewish culture and tradition, his father being a rabbi and his mother a homemaker. Raised in an environment steeped in religious teachings and folklore, Singer developed a profound appreciation for storytelling from an early age. In his youth, Singer received a traditional Jewish education, studying Hebrew and the Talmud. However, his intellectual curiosity led him to explore secular literature and philosophy, which often clashed with the orthodox beliefs of his upbringing. This tension between tradition and modernity would become a recurring theme in his writing.

In 1935, Singer emigrated from Poland to the United States, fleeing the rise of Nazism in Europe. Settling in New York City, he found work as a journalist and began writing stories in Yiddish, the language of Eastern European Jews. His early works gained recognition within the Yiddish literary community, and he soon established himself as a prominent figure in American Jewish literature.

Singer's writing is characterized by its rich blend of realism, mysticism, and folklore. His stories often explore themes of faith, morality, and the human condition, drawing on Jewish folklore and tradition to create vivid and evocative narratives. Among his most famous works are The Magician of Lublin, The Slave, and Gimpel the Fool, which showcase his mastery of the short story form and his keen insight into the complexities of human nature.

In 1978, Singer was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, recognizing his profound contribution to the world of letters. The Nobel committee praised him for his "impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life." Singer remained active as a writer until his death on July 24, 1991, leaving behind a legacy of timeless stories that continue to captivate readers around the world.

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Isaac Bashevis Singer signed

Franklin Library The Penitent

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