“The wastebasket is a writer’s best friend.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer
About Isaac Bashevis Singer
Isaac Bashevis Singer (November 21, 1902 – July 24, 1991) was a Polish-born Jewish writer in Yiddish, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978. The Polish form of his birth name was Icek Hersz Zynger. He used his mother’s first name in an initial literary pseudonym, Izaak Baszewis, which he later expanded. He was a leading figure in the Yiddish literary movement, writing and publishing only in Yiddish. He was also awarded 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 (1970) and one in Fiction for his collection A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories (1974).
Isaac Bashevis Singer was born in 1902 in Leoncin village near Warsaw, Poland, under military partitions by the Russian Empire.
Singer’s first published story won the literary competition of the literarishe bletter and garnered him a reputation as a promising talent. A reflection of his formative years in “the kitchen of literature” can be found in many of his later works. IB Singer published his first novel, Satan in Goray, in installments in the literary magazine Globus, which he had co-founded with his life-long friend, the Yiddish poet Aaron Zeitlin in 1935.
Singer published at least 18 novels, 14 children’s books, a number of memoirs, essays and articles. He is best known as a writer of short stories, which have been published in more than a dozen collections.
Throughout the 1960s, Singer continued to write on questions of personal morality.
Singer was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1978.
Singer died on July 24, 1991 in Surfside, Florida, after suffering a series of strokes.
(Source – Wikipedia)