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Isaac Bashevis Singer Stories V. 1 Gimpel: Gimpel the Fool to Seance
     

Isaac Bashevis Singer Stories V. 1 Gimpel: Gimpel the Fool to Seance

by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Ilan Stavans (Editor)
 
To mark the centenary of the birth of Isaac Bashevis Singer, the sole Yiddish writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize and one of the most influential and beloved Jewish-American authors, The Library of America presents Collected Stories: Gimpel the Fool to The Letter Writer, one of three volumes celebrating Singer's achievement as a master storyteller. Among the

Overview

To mark the centenary of the birth of Isaac Bashevis Singer, the sole Yiddish writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize and one of the most influential and beloved Jewish-American authors, The Library of America presents Collected Stories: Gimpel the Fool to The Letter Writer, one of three volumes celebrating Singer's achievement as a master storyteller. Among the 54 works gathered in this collection, which brings together the first four English-language volumes of Singer's stories, is his enduring parable of probity and goodness, "Gimpel the Fool," as well as the disturbing supernatural tales that explore irrational undercurrents of human personality and collective life. Also included are several stories later adapted for the stage and screen, such as "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy," "Taibele and Her Demon," and "The Mirror." "Singer casts a spell," writes Joyce Carol Oates. "Open one of his books anywhere, the words leap out with a power that would seem to us demonic if it were not, at the very same time, so utterly plausible."

Editorial Reviews

William Deresiewicz
The sheer abundance of [Singer's] production, along with that famous interest in sex, suggests a Jewish Boccaccio, and Singer is indeed Boccaccian in his exuberance, facility and invention. Rejecting modernism with its deliberate difficulties and programmatic experimentation, he remained faithful to the older pleasures of character and plot. Singer can get a story going in no time flat, conjure characters so vivid you feel as if they're sitting next to you, pour forth an endless supply of situations and surprises. Some of his stories are mere trifles (the third volume in particular contains a fair number of throwaways), but many more are enigmatic or mordant or sly, hauntingly strange or piercingly sad.
The New York Times
Library Journal
To honor Singer's centennial, the library of America is pulling out all the stops, releasing these three collections of his short stories. There is also a corresponding web site (www.singer100.org). All told, the books offer more than 200 stories, several of which have never before been anthologized. Libraries can purchase the story trio as a boxed set (ISBN 1-931082-68-5. $104.94), which includes Isaac Bashevis Singer: An Album, a companion volume of photos and biographical information-a first for the publisher-free. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931082617
Publisher:
Library of America
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Series:
Library of America Series
Pages:
832
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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.
Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and the author or editor of numerous books.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 14, 1904
Date of Death:
July 24, 1991
Place of Birth:
Radzymin, Poland
Place of Death:
Surfside, Florida
Education:
Attended Tachkemoni Rabbinical Seminary in Warsaw, Poland, 1920-27

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