Master of Dreams: A Memoir of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Master of Dreams: A Memoir of Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Master of Dreams: A Memoir of Isaac Bashevis Singer by Dvorah M. Telushkin, Dvoran M. Telushkin

In 1975, twenty-one-year-old Dvorah Telushkin wrote a letter to the great Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer, offering to drive him to and from a creative writing class in return for permission to attend the course. The literary master, then seventy-one, accepted the offer, which led to a twelve-year-long apprenticeship for Telushkin.

Throughout Dvorah Telushkin's tenure with Singer, she kept detailed diaries chronicling both their literary efforts and the evolution of their personal relationship. Indeed, Telushkin was the one person to whom Singer tried to teach his craft as a writer. She writes about the great moments in Singer's public life, his winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978, his fiery encounter with the Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, his surprising meeting with Barbra Streisand, who adapted and starred in the movie version of Singer's short story "Yentl." But the private Singer is revealed as well, the "merry pessimist" haunted by despair and torn between the old-world ethic of his Hasidic forebears in Europe and the moral abandon of modern secular man.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060739331
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/15/2004
Series: Harper Perennial
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Dvorah Menashe Telushkin is a renowned storyteller who worked for twelve years as all-around assistant to Isaac Bashevis Singer. She first studied storytelling at Bard College and then Yiddish at Columbia University. She has performed all over the country and abroad. She lives in New York and is well known at storytelling festivals nationwide.

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