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Publication Order of Manor Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Family Moskat (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Satan in Goray (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magician of Lublin (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Slave (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fearsome Inn (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mazel and Shlimazel (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elijah, the Slave (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Joseph and Koza (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Topsy-Turvy Emperor of China (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wicked City (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Enemies, a Love Story (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hasidim (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fools of Chelm (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Young Man in Search of Love (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shosha (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yentyl the Yeshiva Boy (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Penitent (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Why Noah Chose the Dove (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King of the Fields (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scum (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Certificate (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Meshugah (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadows on the Hudson (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Children's Books

The Wise Men of Chelm and the Foolish Carp (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spinoza of Market Street (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Day of Pleasure (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Short Friday and Other Stories (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seance (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Friend of Kafka (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw and Other Stories (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Crown of Feathers (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Passions (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naftali the Storyteller and His Horse, Sus and Other Stories (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Old Love (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Stories from My Father's Court (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Power of Light (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reaches of Heaven (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stories for Children (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Image and Other Stories (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Death of Methuselah (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Demon (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

In My Father's Court (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost in America (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love and Exile (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Conversations With Isaac Bashevis Singer (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Love Affair with Miami Beach (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Old Truths and New Cliches (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Anthologies

San Francisco Stories (By: John Miller) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Los Angeles Stories (By: John Miller) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Suicide: Great Writers on the Ultimate Question (By: William Shakespeare,Virginia Woolf,Ambrose Bierce,Leo Tolstoy,Graham Greene,Langston Hughes,Emily Dickinson,John Donne,Plato,Jorge Luis Borges,Gustave Flaubert,Robert Coles,Walker Percy,Albert Camus,Cynthia Ozick,William Styron,Dorothy Parker,Sylvia Plath,Primo Levi,Phillip Lopate,John Miller,Genevieve Anderson,Alfred Alvarez,Howard Kushner,Émile Durkheim) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Orleans Stories (By: John Miller,Genevieve Anderson) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chicago Stories (By: Stuart Dybek,John Miller) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Southwest Stories (By: D.H. Lawrence,Alison Moore,Barry Gifford,Sandra Cisneros,Larry McMurtry,Sam Shepard,Leslie Marmon Silko,C.G. Jung,John Miller,Georgia O'Keefe) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Florida Stories (With: Dave Barry,Elmore Leonard,Ernest Hemingway,John D. MacDonald,Damon Runyon,Nathaniel Hawthorne,Stephen Crane,Zora Neale Hurston,Elizabeth Bishop,Tennessee Williams,Alison Lurie,Wallace Stevens,John Sayles,John James Audubon,Joy Williams,Joan Didion,John Miller,KirstenMiller,William Bartram) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lust: Lascivious Love Stories and Passionate Poems (By: John Miller,KirstenMiller) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alaska Stories (By: John Miller,KirstenMiller) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Texas Stories (By: John Miller,KirstenMiller) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
San Francisco Thrillers (By: Tim Smith,John Miller) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cape Cod Stories (By: Tim Smith,John Miller) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
OOB: Anthology series. The author will have written at least one story in this series.

Publication Order of Anthologies

Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Florida Stories(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Fiction: An Anthology of the First Published Stories by Famous Writers(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Century Of Children's Ghost Stories(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writing New York(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonderful Town(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Short Stories of the Century(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Inner Journey: Views from the Jewish Tradition(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Isaac Bashevis Singer was a noteworthy Polish American author, who was popular for writing science fiction, fantasy, and literature & fiction books. He is famous for winning the Nobel Prize in the year 1978 for his excellent work in the field of literature. Author Singer has a different form of his name in Polish, which is spelled as Icek Hersz Zynger. Singer used the first name of his mother as a pseudonym during the initial stages of his writing career and then expanded it later. Author Singer has played an important role in the Yiddish literary movement by writing & publishing only in the Yiddish language. Author Singer has won a couple of National Book Awards in United States. He was born on November 21, 1902, in Leocin village, located near Warsaw, Poland. Because of the military partitions under the rule of the Russian forces, Singer’s family shifted to a nearby town called Radzymin. Singer has mentioned it as his birthplace. Singer’s father and mother were both rabbi. Both the older siblings of author Singer, Israel Joshua Singer and Esther Kreitman were authors as well. Kreitman was the first one wrote stories in Singler’s family. In 1907, Singer’s family moved to Rabbi’s court, where his father served as the Yeshiva head. Due to the burning down of the Yeshiva’s building the next year the family had to move to Krochmalna when Singer was just 12 years old. Singer spent his initial days growing up on a street, located near Warsaw’s Jewish quarter. There, author Singer learned Yiddish while living among the Yiddish speaking Jewish people. Singer’s dad again worked as a rabbi, carrying out multiple functions as an arbitrator, spiritual leader, judge, and religious authority among the Jewish. The family of author Singer faced a lot of hardships at the time of the First World War. Eventually, they split up for the sake of safety.

Singer joined his younger brother named Moshe and his mother to move to the hometown of his mother, Bilgoraj. After his father became a rabbi once again in 1921, Singer came back to Warsaw. He tried learning Hebrew, but could not succeed. In 1923, Singer’s older brother helped him to get the job of a proofreader at the place he was working as an editor. Later, when the German invasion began, Singer migrated to US. Due to the migration, author Singer got separated from his first wife and son, only to reunite with them after 20 years in 1955. In the US, author Singer settled in the New York City. He began working as a columnist and journalist for a Jewish newspaper in the city. In 1938, Singer came across a German refugee named Alma Wassermann and got married to her. This woman filled Singer with a new form of energy, which helped him to return back to his prolific writing career. Along with publishing under the pseudonym of Bashevis, he used to publish his books under the pen names of D. Segal and Warszawski. Alma and Singer stayed together for many years and lived in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. In 1981, author Singer was asked to deliver an addressing lecture at the Albay University, which presented an honorary doctorate to him. Singer’s death occurred on July 24, 1991, in Surfside, Florida. He suffered multiple strokes, which resulted in his death. He is cremated in Cedar Park Cemetery in New Jersey. There is a street named after him in Surfside. The Miami Univerisity has named an academic scholarship for its undergraduate students in Singer’s honor. His book, Enemies, a Love Story, was made into a movie of the same name in 1989. Another film was made based on his book, Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy. It starred Barbara Streisand in the lead role. Subsequently, the 1979 movie version of his novel, The Magician of Lublin, featured Alan Arkin, Shelley Winters, Valerie Perrine, Lou Jacobi, and Louise Fletcher in the main roles. The 2007 movie, Love Comes Lately, is also developed from a few short stories written by author Singer. This film stars actor Otto Tausig as the chief protagonist. The most fascinating film inspired from Singer’s writings is called Mr. Singer’s Nightmare. Bruce Davidson was the director of this 1974 film. The film is a fantasy and a documentary mixture of a half hour. Singer penned the script of this documentary and also played the main role.

An initial book written by Isaac Bashevis Singer is entitled ‘The Slave’. It was released by the Farrar, Straus & Giroux publication in 1988, after its original release in 1962. The main characters of this book are shown as Jacob and Wanda. At the start of the story, Jacob is introduced as a cowherd and slave living in a village in Poland. The story takes place in the 17th century, 4 years after the massacres in Chmielnicki. Jacob falls in love with the daughter of his master, named Wanda. When the master learns about this, he punishes and ransoms Jacob. But, in spite of all the tortures, he is not ready to forget Wanda. Finally, the two decide to run away and move to remote Jewish community. Jacob continuously feels the fear of losing Wanda, thinking that he has not done a good deed by taking Wanda away from her family. Also, he wonders what would happen if the real identity of Wanda is revealed to the members of the community. However, he stands firm with his promise of protecting her against all the odds, no matter how much the increasing violence threatens the well being of the couple.

Another exciting novel that author Singer has written is called ‘The Magician of Lublin’. This novel was released by the Penguin Books in 1979. Author Singer has set the story’s plot in Warsaw and Lublin in Poland. At the beginning of the book, it is depicted that Yasha is a magician, who performs tricks of sword swallowing, fire eating, and various other acrobatics. He is famous for his skills all over Poland. Yasha easily slips between the worlds as he is half Gentile and half Jewish. The freely thinking Yasha is supported by his observant wife, who is also his loyal assistant. She accompanies him to all the places Yasha goes to perform his magic tricks. With the increase of his popularity, Yasha engages in multiple affairs outside of his marriage. And later, he tries to escape from his own marriage and everything else that relates to his identity. Just when the Yasha’s exploits catch up with him, he makes a final attempt at escaping his old life. This book provides a psychological and haunting portrait of a desperate man.

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2 Responses to “Isaac Bashevis Singer”

  1. Bill Levin: 2 years ago

    Do you know of a cookbook “Lentl” by IBSinger?

    • Graeme: 2 years ago

      Hi Bill – I can’t seem to find any details about it.


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