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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