Isaac Bashevis Singer, Writings on Yiddish and Yiddishkayt

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Join the Yiddish Book Center at The Betsy Hotel in Miami, Florida on Monday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET for a conversation about the collection with David Stromberg, followed by a book signing. This event is free and open to the public.

Cover of Isaac Bashevis Singer, Writings on Yiddish and Yiddishkayt, The War Years, 1939–1945

Writings on Yiddish and Yiddishkayt, The War Years, 1939–1945 (White Goat Press)edited and translated by David Stromberg, editor of the Singer Literary Trust, is the first in a three-volume series and features twenty-five essays that Singer, then relatively unknown, published under pseudonyms in the Forverts, the world’s largest Yiddish newspaper. The essays are arranged chronologically, offering readers the unique opportunity to bear witness to the shifts in Singer’s perspective as history unfolded—a rarity for English audiences, considering that much of Singer’s work was written well before it was eventually translated. Short introductory paragraphs also accompany each piece, offering exact publication dates and remarks about the larger historical and cultural context of Singer’s writing.

Event details

Date: Monday, November 13
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Address: The Betsy Hotel | 1440 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tickets: Free and open to the public

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Isaac Bashevis Singer was born in 1903 in Leoncin, a village near Warsaw, and spent much of his childhood in the Polish capital, where his father was a rabbinical judge. In 1935 he followed his older brother, Israel Joshua Singer, to New York, where he became a reporter and columnist for the Jewish Daily Forward, the largest and most successful Yiddish newspaper of the time. His novels and stories, which he published in the Forward and other Yiddish-language publications, were eventually translated into English with the help of assistants and appeared in magazines such as the New Yorker and Playboy. Over the course of his career, Singer published dozens of novels, short story collections, and books for children, and received two National Book Awards, among other honors. In 1978 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Singer died in 1991, in Surfside, Florida.

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David Stromberg is a writer, translator, and essayist whose work has appeared in The American Scholar, Critical FlameSmart SetPublic Seminar, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. He is editor of Old Truths and New Clichés (Princeton University Press), a collection of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s essays, and a reissue of Singer’s canonical story, Simple Gimpl: The Definitive Bilingual Edition (Restless Books). His recent work includes A Short Inquiry into the End of the World (The Massachusetts Review), the first speculative essay in his Mister Investigator series, and his follow-up, “The Eternal Hope of the Wandering Jew,” which appeared in The Hedgehog Review. The third in the series, “To Kill an Intellectual,” was published in five installments in The Fortnightly Review.