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Manuscripts and galley proofs of the work is Singer, including THE MANOR, THE SLAVE (in Yiddish), and SHORT FRIDAY.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Isaac Bashevis Singer manuscripts; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Singer, Isaac Bashevis. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1967. Accession number--M-67.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/89.
2010-03-10 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Novelist, short story writer.
Born in the slums of Warsaw, Poland on July 14 1904 Isaac Bashevis Singer was the son of a Hasidic rabbi. His mother also came from a family of rabbis and Isaac himself attended rabbinical seminary in Poland during the 1920s. Neither Poland nor the rabbinate would hold in Singer's future. Fleeing Poland for America in 1935 Singer had already Satan in Goray and would continue to follow the pursuits of writing both of novels and short stories throughout his life. At the same time Singer would never deny his past. He always wrote first in Yiddish and always influenced by his Jewish roots though his appeal has been felt worldwide. In 1978 he became the first Yiddish writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Some of his more celebrated works include The Family Mascot, The Magician of Lublin, The Spinoza of Market Street, and The Slave. Singer was also frequently wrote in support of the vegetarian lifestyle. He died in 1991 at the age of 87.