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Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories V. 1 Gimpel the Fool to The Letter Writer (Library of America, 149) (Vol 1) Hardcover – July 8, 2004

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About 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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America; First Edition edition (July 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931082618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931082617
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paul S. Jellinek on July 9, 2008
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There is something magical about Singer's writing. It is so simple, so effortless, and yet so profound. I devoured all three volumes of the Library of America Singer short stories, and have gone on to several of the novels, as well as the children's stories. I am sure I will be going back to the short stories again and again, for the rest of my life.
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Singer always saw himself as a storyteller. And the truth is that there are stories of his, 'Gimpel the Fool' 'The Little Shoemakers' 'The Spinoza of Market Street' 'which I believe are among the best stories ever written.

Not every story is a treasure, and I admit that there are modes of Singer's writing (When he gets too dybbuked up) that do not appeal to me, but overall what humor, what , what truth , what beauty, what pain, what suffering, , what energy , what life there are in this great great work.
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Every word is a jewel. Astonishing that one author can be so relentlessly energetic in his story telling. Singers knowledge, imagery and imagination is astounding. His stories dance and swirl. Not a sentence drags or is wasted. I rejoice in every moment of reading Singers literary creations - they are all vitally alive and engrossing - makes me feel that I am actually involved with what I am reading. I can't wait for the next word - better than any mystery novel. Wish I could give six stars or more. Asaf - Israel
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