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Weekend Reading

Although he never wrote in English, Isaac Bashevis Singer, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1978, is one of the most familiar names in modern American fiction. His work, written in Yiddish and dealing with explicitly Jewish motifs and subject matter, strikes universal chords with readers who turn to him for unforgettable insights into the harshness and humor of life, the bitterness and the consolations of love, faith, and history. COMMENTARY published some of the earliest of Singer’s work to appear in English. This weekend we offer a selection of stories and a memorable interview with him conducted by Joel Blocker and Richard Elman.

Three Stories for Children
July 1966

The Secret
October 1965

An Interview with Singer
November 1963

Taibeleh and Hurmizah
February 1963

Yentl the Yeshiva Boy
September 1962

Fire
February 1957