Isaac Bashevis Singer

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(November 11, 1903 – July 24, 1991)

Isaac Bashevis Singer (Yiddish: יצחק באַשעװיס זינגער‎) was a Polish-born American writer who wrote and published exclusively in Yiddish, with later translation into English and from that to other languages. His fiction concentrates mainly on Jewish themes and folklore, including much supernatural and fantasy literature. He can be considered the Jewish answer to C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.

Best known as a writer of short stories, Singer published at least 18 novels, 14 children's books, a number of memoirs, essays and articles.

Entry in the Encyclopedia of Fantasy.

Awards, Honors and GoHships:

  • 1970 — National Book Award
  • 1974 — National Book Award
  • 1978 — Nobel Prize for Literature
  • 1980 — ICFA 1

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