At a glance:
- Author: Janet Hadda
- First Published: 1997
- Type of Work: Literary biography
- Time of Work: 1904-1991
- Setting: Poland and the United States
- Characters: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Pinkhos Menakhem Singer, Basheve Zylberman Singer, Hinde Esther Singer, Israel Joshua Singer, Israel Zamir, Alma Haimann Wasserman Singer
- Genres: Nonfiction, Biography
- Subjects: Parents and children, Authors or writers, Jews or Jewish life, Fathers, Nobel Prizes, Loneliness, Poland or Polish people
- Locales: United States, Poland
Janet Hadda begins her biography in 1911, when Isaac Bashevis Singer was seven years old. In this year his older sister, Hinde Esther Singer, became engaged and prepared to leave Warsaw, Poland, for Antwerp, Belgium. To console himself for the imminent loss of his sister, Singer took pieces of paper from his father’s desk and began to scribble. For Hadda, this episode indicates Singer’s motivation for writing: to escape “rejection, depression, and hysteria.” Because she regards Singer’s early life and family as crucial to his development as a writer, she describes Singer’s...
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