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The Other Other Singer

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

After spending the last few days up at the National Yiddish Book Center, it’s only fitting that we would be drawn to an article on one of the Singer siblings, published yesterday in The New Republic‘s online review.

Some of you may remember our post last year on the reissue of Esther Singer Kreitman’s The Dance of the Demons: A Novel , “The Other Singer”, which you can find here.

Now, as the reissue of The Brothers Ashkenazi draws near (fall, Other Press), Rebecca Newberger Goldstein sheds light on the older brother of Isaac Bashevis Singer (I.B. Singer), Israel Joshua Singer (I.J. Singer). As Goldstein points out, ironically, while the two brothers lived, it was I.J. who was famous, while Isaac “languished darkly in his internal contradictions and his older brother’s shadow.” She goes on to examine I.J.’s political engagement and interest in Western civilization (rather than the era of the Talmud), as well as his stories and his role in his brother’s path to publication.

Read the full article in The Book: The Online Review of The New Republic here

The Other Singer

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Tablet’s Sarah Weinman takes a look at the third Singer sibling, Esther Singer Kreitman, and her reissued novel: The Dance of the Demons

From the Feminist Press of CUNY’s website:

The Dance of the Demons is a major literary rediscovery. In her daring autobiographical novel, originally published in Yiddish as Der Sheydim Tanz in 1936, Kreitman vividly and lovingly depicts the world of Polish shtetls and Jewish Warsaw that many have come to know through the books of her famous literary brothers, Israel Joshua and Nobel-Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer. Replete with rabbis, yeshiva students, beggars, farmers, gangsters, seamstresses, and socialists, this world looks radically different through the eyes of a sister, who was I. B. Singer’s inspiration for the story “Yentl”.

More on this title can be found here.