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Easy travel to other planets
Mooney, Ted.
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New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, [1981]

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The forty-seven stories in this collection, selected by Singer himself out of nearly one hundred and fifty, range from the publication of his now-classic first collection, "Gimpel the Fool," in 1957, until 1981. They include supernatural tales, slices of life from Warsaw and the shtetls of Eastern Europe, and stories of the Jews displaced from that world to the New World, from the East Side of New York to California and Miami.

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Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91) was the author of many novels, stories, children's books, and memoirs. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.

(Publisher Provided) Isaac Bashevis Singer was born in Radzymin, Poland on July 14, 1904. He received a traditional Jewish education, including training at the rabbinical seminary in Warsaw. He began writing in Hebrew while he worked for 10 years as a proofreader and translator in Warsaw. In 1935, he immigrated to New York, where he became a journalist for the Daily Forward, America's largest Yiddish newspaper. Most of his stories were originally published in this newspaper in serial form.

His first novel, The Family Moskat, was published in 1950. His other works include The Magician of Lublin, The Spinoza of Market Street, The Slave, and A Friend of Kafka. A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw won the National Book Award for children's literature. He received numerous awards during his lifetime including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978 and the Gold Medal for Fiction in 1989. He died after suffering a series of strokes on July 24, 1991.

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Table of Contents

Gimpel the Fool
The Gentleman from Cracow Joy
The Little Shoemakers
The Unseen
The Spinoza of Market Street
The Destruction of Kreshev Taibele and her Demon Alone Yentl the Yeshiva Boy Zeidlus the Pope
The Last Demon Short Friday
The Seance
The Slaughterer
The Dead Fiddler Henne Fire
The Letter Writer
A Friend of Kafka
The Cafeteria
The Joke Powers Something Is
There A Crown of Feathers A Day in Coney Island
The Cabalist of East Broadway
A Quotation from Klopstock
A Dance and a Hop Grandfather and Grandson Old Love
The Admirer
The Yearning Heifer
A Tale of Two Sisters Three Encounters Passions Brother Beetle
The Betrayer of Israel
The Psychic Journey
The Manuscript
The Power of Darkness
The Bus A Night in the Poorhouse Escape from Civilization Vanvild Kava
The Reencounter Neighbors Moon and Madness