Conversations with Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Isaac Bashevis Singer loved to give interviews. He was famous for encouraging interruptions of the solitary task of writing. These twenty-four welcomed interruptions are representative of the many he allowed over a twenty-five-year period. Included here are his conversations with such interviewers as Irving Howe, Laurie Colwin, Richard Burgin, and Herbert R. Lottman. In these talks Singer discusses the nature of his writing, its ethnic roots, his demonology, the importance of free will, and the place of ...
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Overview

Isaac Bashevis Singer loved to give interviews. He was famous for encouraging interruptions of the solitary task of writing. These twenty-four welcomed interruptions are representative of the many he allowed over a twenty-five-year period. Included here are his conversations with such interviewers as Irving Howe, Laurie Colwin, Richard Burgin, and Herbert R. Lottman. In these talks Singer discusses the nature of his writing, its ethnic roots, his demonology, the importance of free will, and the place of storytelling in human life. The interviews with Singer reveal both his impish sense of humor and a determination that sustained him through many years of limited acclaim and comparative neglect by critics. Yiddishists often faulted him for refusing to use his talent as a force for change in the world, Jewish readers often deplored his use of pre-Enlightenment folk material, and academics could not take too seriously a writer who insisted on telling stories that emphasized plot and character. Yet he was not deterred from his astonishing and beloved work, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385179997
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/1985
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 192

Meet the Author

Isaac Bashevis Singer
The great voice of the Yiddish-language tradition in modern Jewish literature, Isaac Bashevis Singer is best known for short stories (think "Yentl") with deeply Jewish roots yet universal appeal.

Biography

Isaac Bashevis Singer emigrated to New York from Poland in 1935 and found work with the Jewish Daily Forward. Author of many novels, collections of short stories, and books for children, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Isaac Warshofsky
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 14, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Radzymin, Poland
    1. Date of Death:
      July 24, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      Surfside, Florida

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
An Interview with Isaac Bashevis Singer 3
A Visit to Isaac Bashevis Singer 23
He Builds Bridges to the Past 32
An Interview with Isaac Bashevis Singer 36
Isaac Bashevis Singer: An Interview 49
Isaac Bashevis Singer: Conversations in California 98
I. B. Singer, Storyteller 116
Yiddish Tradition vs. Jewish Tradition, A Dialogue 124
Seeing and Blindness: A Conversation with Isaac Bashevis Singer 132
Isaac Bashevis Singer: "I Walk on Mysteries" 148
I. B. Singer, Storyteller 155
Isaac Bashevis Singer: Nobel Prize-Winning Novelist 162
Has the Nobel Prize Changed Singer's Life? 169
Isaac Bashevis Singer in Texas 173
Demons by Choice: An Interview with Isaac Bashevis Singer Parabola 181
A Shmues with Isaac Bashevis Singer 186
Conversations with the Singers 194
Isaac Bashevis Singer 208
The Passions of a Nobel Laureate: Isaac Bashevis Singer 213
I. B. Singer Talks to I. B. Singer about the Movie Yentl 224
A Singer of Stories in His Ninth Decade 227
Conversations with Isaac Bashevis Singer 241
Isaac Bashevis Singer...Shrugs Off Fame 249
Isaac B. Singer on Writing, Life, Love and Death 252
Index 256
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