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Isaac Bashevis Singer

Awards: Nobel Prize in Literature-1978

Nobel Committee in its citation stated that the prize was given for "his impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life"

Born: 21/11/1902 (14/07/1904 was given by the writer to make him look younger ) in Leoncin, Poland

Died:  24/07/1991 in Florida, USA due to a series of Strokes.

Citizen: Polish/USA

Language: Yiddish (of Poland)

Singer was a Polish- born Jewish American Author who was a novelist, short story writer and essayist. When he was 6 years old, the family moved to Yiddish speaking poor Jewish quarters of Warshaw. His childhood was pretty uneventful. In 1921, he got himself admitted to Tachkemoni Rabbinical Seminary but neither the school nor any profession suited him and he considered himself as a failure. In the 1930s, the Nazi threat increased and Singer emigrated to USA in 1935 to safety. His life in USA in the initial periods was equally lackluster. Only after his marriage in 1940, he returned to prolific writing.

  Singer published at least 18 novels, 14 children's books and several memoirs. Most of the writing was in Yiddish. Many of his works were translated by Saul Bellow and his brother.

INFLUENCE: Antony Chekov, Maupassaunt . From Maupassant, he learned the finely grained sense of drama. From Chekov, he developed the technique of developing characters of enormous complexity in very brief space.

LANDMARK: won two U.S.National Book Awards, one in Children's Literature for his memoir A Day Of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw and one in Fiction for his collection A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories. * Prior to winning the Nobel Prize, translations of dozens of his stories were frequently published in popular magazines such as Playboy and Esquire, which attempted to raise their literary reputation by publishing Singer * Singer was a prominent vegetarian during last 35 years of his life.

 Notable Works:-- Satan in Goray(/1955), -- Gimpel the Fool(1957),- The Magician of Lublin (/1960) ,  -- The Slave(/1962),-- In My Father's Court(/1966), -- Enemies, A Love Story(/1972),-- A Day of Pleasure:A Crown of Feathers  and Other Stories(/1974),  , -- Shosha(/1978), -- Scum(/1991), -- The Certificate(/1992), -- Shadows on the Hudson(/1997),

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