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Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish writer. Recipient Epstein Fiction award, 1963, Playboy award for best fiction/short story, 1967, Poses Creative Arts award, 1970, National Book awards, 1970, 74, Nobel Prize for Literature, 1978, Handel medallion, 1986, Gold medal Academy Arts and Letters, 1989.

Background

  • Singer, Isaac Bashevis was born on July 14, 1904 in Radzymin, Poland. Came to the United States, 1935, naturalized, 1943. Son of Pinchos Menachem and Bathsheba (Zylberman) Singer.

  • Education

    • Student, Rabbinical Seminary, Warsaw, Poland, 1927. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, 1963. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Long Island University, 1979.

    Career

    • With Hebrew and Yiddish publications in Poland, 1926-1935, Jewish Daily Forward, New York City, 1935-1985.

    Works

    • Love and Exile: An Autobiographical Trilogy
    • Love and Exile contains the three volumes of the Nobel Prize Winner's spiritual autobiography, covering his childhood in a rabbinical household in Poland, his young manhood in Warsaw and his beginning as a writer, and his emigration to New York before the outbreak of war, with the concomitant displacement of a Yiddish writer in a strange land.
    • The Death of Methuselah and Other Stories
    • Twenty stories from the Nobel Prizewinner, including "Disguised," a transvestite tale of the yeshiva student whose deserted wife finds him dressed as a woman and married to a man, and the title story, which portrays Methuselah at the age of 969 -- "and when you pass your nine hundredth birthday, you are not what you used to be.
    • Enemies, A Love Story
    • Almost before he knows it, Herman Broder, refugee and survivor of World War II, has three wives: Yadwiga, the Polish peasant who hid him from the Nazis; Masha , his beautiful and neurotic true love; and Tamara, his first wife, miraculously returned from the dead.
    • Enemies: A Love Story (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
    • A survivor of the Holocaust, Herman Broder has fled to post-war New York and into tense guilt-ridden affairs with three women - Yadwiga, who had hidden him from the Nazis, his mistress Masha and his wife Tamara, whom he believed had been shot in Poland.

    Membership

    Fellow Jewish Academy Arts and Sciences, National Institute Arts and Letters, Polish Institute Arts and Sciences in American. Member American Academy Arts and Letters. Clubs: Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association (New York City).

    Connections

    • Married Alma Haimann, February 14, 1940. 1 son, Israel Zamir.
    • father: Pinchos Menachem Singer
    • mother: Bathsheba (Zylberman) Singer
    • spouse: Alma Haimann
    Isaac Bashevis Singer
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    Born July 14, 1904
    Died July 24, 1991
    (aged 87)
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    • 1927
      Rabbinical Seminary
    • 1963
      Hebrew Union College
    • 1979
      Long Island University
    • 1926 - 1935
      With Hebrew and Yiddish publications in Poland
    • 1935 - 1985
      With Hebrew and Yiddish publications in Poland