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Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories
Isaac Bashevis Singer
0060284773
June 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
From two masters who need no introduction comes a handsome reprint of the classic Newbery Honor book Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories. With wit and whimsy, Maurice Sendak illustrates seven tales about the legendary village of fools, Chelm, written by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Silly, outrageous, and sometimes poignant, the stories (translated from the Yiddish) reflect the traditions, heroes, and villains of middle European folklore. The devil makes an appearance more than once, as do the ever-so-foolish yet highly revered Elders of Chelm. In "The Mixed-Up Feet and the Silly Bridegroom," four sisters wake one morning to discover that their feet have become mixed up in the bed they share. A wise Elder advises their mother to whack the bed with a big stick, thus causing each girl to grab her own feet in pain and surprise. When...


Ellis Island Interviews: Immigrants Tell Their Stories in Their Own Words
Peter Morton Coan
0760753091
February 2004
Hardcover
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Master of Dreams
Dvorah Telushkin
0060739339
June 2004
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Personal assistant and translator to celebrated Yiddish writer Singer during his last years (from 1975 to 1991), Telushin here describes both his daily routine and his thoughts on literature and life. His marriage, his relationship with his brother, and his troubled old age are all poignantly depicted, as is his character?a mixture of foolishness, vanity, and deception along with goodness, wisdom, and artistic power that the author renders fairly. Telushkin also discusses Singer's early writings and the nature of the Yiddish language. During her time with Singer, Telushin grew significantly as both a person and a literary figure, but eventually she had to struggle for independence from his overriding personality. An honest portrait of a great artist and a harsh man; recommended for Jewish studies collections.?Gene...


Hidden Isaac Bashevis Singer
Seth L. Wolitz (Editor)
029279147X
January 2002
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
The motive of this collection is admirable: finding and exploring the connections between modern Jewish spirituality and the writings of Nobel prize winner Singer. A master storyteller, the deft and fascinating Singer has always been burdened by literal-minded critics and expositors who fail to see his dark comedy. So it is here with Wolitz (comparative literature, Univ. of Texas, Austin). Still, it is good to be stimulated to think again about Singer's work. For collections where there is a strong Jewish readership.Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
"I can't think of another anthology, nor of any individual study of Singer, that sets out so rich and varied a sense of his work in its contexts." --Lawrence Rosenwald, Anne Pierce Rogers...


Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories
Isaac Bashevis Singer
0064401472
Oct 1984
Paperback
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Book Review
From two masters who need no introduction comes a handsome reprint of the classic Newbery Honor book Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories. With wit and whimsy, Maurice Sendak illustrates seven tales about the legendary village of fools, Chelm, written by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Silly, outrageous, and sometimes poignant, the stories (translated from the Yiddish) reflect the traditions, heroes, and villains of middle European folklore. The devil makes an appearance more than once, as do the ever-so-foolish yet highly revered Elders of Chelm. In "The Mixed-Up Feet and the Silly Bridegroom," four sisters wake one morning to discover that their feet have become mixed up in the bed they share. A wise Elder advises their mother to whack the bed with a big stick, thus causing each girl to grab her own feet in pain and surprise. When...


Isaac Bashevis Singer: A Life
Janet Hadda
0299186946
March 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
Yiddish scholar and psychoanalyst Janet Hadda takes a bracingly unreverential look at the Nobel laureate too often viewed simplistically as a folksy chronicler of Jewish shtetl culture. Hadda's depiction of Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91) as a sophisticated, self-conscious artist won't surprise admirers of The Family Moskat, Yentl, and his other works of fiction. They will undoubtedly be dismayed, however, by her contention--with reasonable supporting evidence--that he was a cold, distant sibling, a cruel husband, and a capricious, manipulative womanizer. Hadda's warts-and-all portrait seems fair, though not overly generous. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal
This is a good introduction to the great Yiddish...


Isaac Bashevis Singer: An Album
Ilan Stavans (Editor)
1931082642
July 2004
Paperback
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The Death of Methuselah and Other Stories
Isaac Bashevis Singer
0140186980
Aug 1997
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Set in the present, as well as pre-WW II Poland, in the netherworld and even at the time of the biblical deluge, this latest offering by the skillful and prolific Nobel laureate is suffused with melancholy, hypochondria and death. The 20 stories bear the Singer hallmarks: they are seemingly autobiographical, possess gossipy, digressive dialogue and simple, intimate language, frequently allude to the Holocaust and the painful rootlessness of exile, and are obsessed with sexual perversion and betrayal. A European refugee trapped by her punitive husband into an affair with his young nephew tells the narrator "that of all the hopes a human being can have, the most splendid is death." "What betrayers men are!" a woman exclaims in one story, while, in another tale, a man declares that "the whole male gender is at the...


The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer
Isaac Bashevis Singer
0374517886
August 1983
Paperback
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Review
"Sparkling and triumphant, Isaac Bashevis Singer's stories are filled with wonder, gratitude, humor, irony and a wry eroticism that manages to exalt the pleasures of the flesh and the soul at the same time."—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

"There are whole fistfuls of masterpieces in this one volume: a cornucopia of invention . . . When all is said and done, [it] is an American master's 'Book of Creation.'"—Cynthia Ozick, The New York Times Book Review


In My Father's Court
Isaac Bashevis Singer
0374505926
October 1991
Paperback
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Book Description
Like Isaac Bashevis Singer's fiction, this poignant memoir of his childhood in the household and rabbinical court of his father is full of spirits and demons, washerwomen and rabbis, beggars and rich men. This rememberance of Singer's pious father, his rational yet adoring mother, and the never-ending parade of humanity that marched through their home is a portrait of a magnificent writer's childhood self and of the world, now gone, that formed him.


The Manor and the Estate
Isaac Bashevis Singer
0299205444
Dec 2004
Paperback
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The Boston Globe
"An epic of Polish Jewry and of the mystery of human hope . . . a great book."

Review
"The Manor is an epic of Polish Jewry and of the mystery of human hope . . . a great book." —The Boston Globe

"What he has achieved [in The Estate] is a sense of impetuousness, the fury, the bursting energy in the hearts of these Jews. . . . Tragedy is followed by new sorrows; joy by new joys."—Newsday

"The author's apparently inexhaustible psychological fantasy and insight have created a microcosm, or rather a well-populated micro-chaos, out of independent and graphically convincing figures." —Professor Lars Gyllensten, Les Prix Nobel, 1978

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Why Noah Chose the Dove
Isaac Bashevis Singer
0374483825
September 1987
Paperback
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Review
"Singer's latest retelling from the Old Testament gives a new dimension to the story of the Flood. Children will enjoy hearing the different animals praise their own special qualities so that each will be assured a place on Noah's Ark." --School Library Journal


The Contract with God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue (A Contract With God, A Life Force, Dropsie Avenue)
Will Eisner
0393061051
December 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Famed innovator Eisner showed the creators of modern comics what a potentially rich medium they were working with. In particular, he used the term "graphic novel" to sell A Contract with God (1978), a collection of interrelated comics stories about residents in a Jewish tenement section of New York. He returned to that territory in A Life Force (1988), showing one man's uncertain progress, and in Dropsie Avenue (1995), an historical panorama of the whole neighborhood. Printed together for the first time in this volume, the works reinforce each other beautifully. Eisner's virtuoso art always has been admired, but his writing sometimes has been disparaged as thin and sentimental. Over the span of these three books, though, emotions jostle and balance each other; sometimes the stories seem...


Isaac Bashevis Singer and the Lower East Side
Bruce Davidson (Photographer)
0299206246
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
    Isaac Bashevis Singer, the Polish-born Yiddish writer and Nobel laureate, and New York documentary photographer Bruce Davidson collaborated on a surreal feature film made in 1973, entitled Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Nightmare and Mrs. Pupko’s Beard. This film was at once a documentary about Singer’s New York and a dramatization of one his short stories.  The film grew out of their friendship, as residents of the same building on the upper West Side of Manhattan, and their common interest in New York City street life. During and after production, Davidson made numerous portraits of Singer and also returned to the Lower East Side for a documentary series of photographs.
    A selection of more than forty of the stunning images made between 1957 and...


Isaac B. Singer
Florence Noiville
0374178003
Oct 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
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 Noiville offers a glimpse into the world of this much-beloved but persistently elusive figure.


The Golem
Isaac Bashevis Singer
0374327416
Nov 1982
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
PW described the Nobel laureate's interpretation of a Jewish legend as "stunning," adding that the black-and-white drawings are "superb."Ages 5-up. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Review
"Isaac Bashevis Singer's retelling of the legend of the golem is magical and compassionate, redolent with the warmth and philosophical wisdom for which this Nobel laureate is celebrated." --The New York Times


Bright Streets of Surfside: The Memoir of a Friendship with Isaac Bashevis Singer
Lester Goran
0873385063
December 1995
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Goran (Mrs. Beautiful) and the late Singer, winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize for Literature, taught creative writing classes together at the University of Miami from 1978 to 1988. Goran also served, for a time, as the translator of Singer's Yiddish stories. Although they began as friends, Singer's apparent lack of teaching ability and bizarre classroom behavior (he once barked like a dog when a student was reading her story) alienated Goran, who was pressured by the university to retain the star writer on staff. According to Goran, Singer was verbally abusive to his wife, hated other writers (Saul Bellow and Irving Howe in particular) and disliked women in general. Aging and paranoid, Singer became convinced that Goran was his enemy. Perhaps out of retaliation, this memoir presents a portrait that some Singer...

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