Master of Dreams: A Memoir of Isaac Bashevis Singer

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HarperCollins, Jun 15, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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In 1975, twenty-one-year-old Dvorah Telushkin wrote a letter to the great Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer, offering to drive him to and from a creative writing class in return for permission to attend the course. The literary master, then seventy-one, accepted the offer, which led to a twelve-year-long apprenticeship for Telushkin.

Throughout Dvorah Telushkin's tenure with Singer, she kept detailed diaries chronicling both their literary efforts and the evolution of their personal relationship. Indeed, Telushkin was the one person to whom Singer tried to teach his craft as a writer. She writes about the great moments in Singer's public life, his winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978, his fiery encounter with the Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, his surprising meeting with Barbra Streisand, who adapted and starred in the movie version of Singer's short story "Yentl." But the private Singer is revealed as well, the "merry pessimist" haunted by despair and torn between the old-world ethic of his Hasidic forebears in Europe and the moral abandon of modern secular man.

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MASTER OF DREAMS: A Memoir of Isaac Bashevis Singer

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For most of the last 14 years of his life, I.B. Singer was assisted by Telushkin, a bright young woman who, in this charming and often poignant memoir, recalls their relationship with striking candor ... Read full review

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I was very disappointed by this book. The writing skipped from anecdote to anecdote, and there was practically no perception nor introspection. The only analysis provided was superficial. The author is probably a kind person, but I'm not sure who would gain from reading her experiences. Read full review

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Dvorah Menashe Telushkin is a renowned storyteller who worked for twelve years as all-around assistant to Isaac Bashevis Singer. She first studied storytelling at Bard College and then Yiddish at Columbia University. She has performed all over the country and abroad. She lives in New York and is well known at storytelling festivals nationwide.

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