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Isaac Bashevis Singer: An Album [Paperback]

By Ilan Stavans (Editor) & James Gibbons (Introduction by)
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Pages   127
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 8, 2004
Publisher   Library of America
ISBN  1931082642  
ISBN13  9781931082648  

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More About Ilan Stavans & James Gibbons

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ilan Stavans is the author of two collections of short stories and fifteen works of nonfiction, including On Borrowed Words and Dictionary Days. His many awards and honors include an Emmy nomination, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Pablo Neruda Medal, and the National Jewish Book Award (for his anthology The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature). He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he is the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor at Amherst College.

Ilan Stavans currently resides in Amherst Amherst. Ilan Stavans has an academic affiliation as follows - Amherst College.

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Only for those who must have every photo available of IB Singer  Jan 1, 2007
The best thing about this short book is the photographic documentation of the imp that inhabited Singer. One can't exactly say that the photos show the twinkle in his eye, since in at least one ID photo, IB Singer wore dark sunglasses. There's a beautiful full spread color photo of his work room, about which Singer used to joke "I can say I have accomplished vone thing in my life, my chaos has reached perfection." (The quote is from Dvorah Telushkin's Singer biography). I didn't find the mini-essays particularly interesting, with the exception of Cynthia Ozick's.
Like a Readers Digest Compilation  Jan 11, 2005
It has a little of everything in it, but there's something weirdly cheap and dated about Library of America's Singer album, a companion to their publication of Isaac Balshevis Singer's collected work in three volumes. It's almost as though they were going in this case for the coffee table crowd. They have dragooned in a motley group of authors to respond to Singer's work, and the results are predictably up and down. Sometimes I had the feeling the exact same contributors could have been set upon to write appreciations of some other bygone figure, say Fanny Brice, and come up with the same kind of verbiage that fills column inches. I did very much like Jonathanb Safron Foer's appreciation of Singer. That boy is like the Human Litmus Paper of Jewish writing, sucking up even that which he cannot understand.

Singer's first story "Old Age" was written when he was still a young man, in 1925. He moved to the USA in 1935, and his first years were difficult ones. SATAN IN GORAY was written in Warsaw, while THE ASHKENAZY BROTHERS was written in Brooklyn. The book is jammed full of bright pictures of Singer looking puckish and cheerful, rather like Isaac Stern. Ilan Stavans, the world's greatest authority on Singer, has edited this volume, not always to maximum effect, but I can imagine it was kind of a rush effort trying to maximize on the impact of Singer en masse.One photo looks like Singer lived in the apartment of Henry Darger, there is so much "clutter" it's surprising either was able to get any work done at all.

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