Ideas for Group Discussions
Biletzky, Israel Ch. God, Jew, Satan in the Works of Isaac Bashevis Singer. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1995. This critical work examines Singer’s novels in light of his major themes, including the oppositions between reality and unreality, belief and doubt, past and present, and order and chaos.
Farrell, Grace, ed. Critical Essays on Isaac Bashevis Singer. New York: G. K. Hall, 1996. This collection of critical essays from a variety of prominent scholars presents wide-ranging views on Singer’s work. The essays focus on specific novels as well as general themes that run throughout the body of Singer’s work, including his treatment of religious belief, his portrayal of women, and his views on male homosexuality. Includes a helpful bibliography and index.
Hadda, Janet. Isaac Bashevis Singer: A Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. Hadda takes a detailed look at the cultural and familial influences that shaped Singer’s life and work. Written from a psychoanalytic perspective, this portrait examines the impact his parents and siblings had on him, and candidly describes his flaws as well as his charm.
Telushkin, Dvorah. Master of Dreams: A Memoir of Isaac Bashevis Singer. New York: Morrow, 1997. A poignant view of Singer’s life and work. Drawing from her own diaries tracing both the literary and personal association she shared with Singer, Telushkin’s memoir reveals a troubled but brilliant man who is fighting against the physical breakdown that comes with old age. Offers an illuminating perspective on the background of some of Singer’s most popular works.
Zamir, Israel. Journey to My Father: Isaac Bashevis Singer. New York: Arcade, 1995. Although this book is a memoir and does not offer any critical understanding of Singer’s novels, it addresses Singer’s belief in ghosts and demons, his curiosity, and love of the Yiddish language, all of which figure prominently in Singer’s work.