Book by Hadda Janet
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"The iridescent charm of Isaac Bashevis Singer is such to give the slip to the very letters of the alphabet, but Janet Hadda has out-tricked the Yiddish trickster in this brief but wonderfully alive-and-kicking biography. The story she tells will entertain, appall, and fascinate both those who have yet to discover Singer and those who think they already know him."--Jack Miles, author of God: A Biography, winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Janet Hadda....is a great shcolar of Jewish writings and Singer in particular. In addition, her training as a psychoanalyst positions her to give us unique, exciting insights into Singer's creative process." --Leonard Nimoy
"Clinical psychologist Hadda writes from a psychological perspective, which illuminates aspects of Singer's art and life without reducing it to simple causes.... Throughout, Hadda effectively explores Singer's complex and divided personality and the sociological elements in his art."--Library Journal
Isaac Bashevis Singer, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1978, was perhaps the greatest Yiddish writer of the 20th century, a profoundly important voice in world literature, and an invaluable witness to the vanishing culture of Eastern European Jews. He was also a consummate storyteller. In such short stories as "Gimpel the Fool", "Short Friday", and "Yentl", and such acclaimed novels as "The Family Moskat" and "Enemies, A Love Story", Singer combined a subtle psychological insight, deep sympathy for the eccentricities of Jewish folk custom, and an unerring feel for the heroism of everyday life. In doing so, he brought before the English-speaking world the vibrant milieu of pre-Holocaust Polish Jewry and provided an insight into human character and culture.
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