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October 5, 2012

Singer’s Yiddish Folly

Isaac Bashevis Singer  (1904 – 1991)

On this day in 1978 the Polish-American writer Isaac Bashevis Singer was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Singer emigrated from Poland in 1935, but he continued to write mostly in Yiddish, on a forty-three-year-old Yiddish typewriter, of a culture which “sneaks by, smuggles itself amid the powers of destruction, knowing somewhere that God’s plan for Creation is still at the very beginning….”

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