Isaac Bashevis Singer was a
Polish-born,Jewish-American author. The Polish form of his birth name was Izaak Zynger and he used his mother's first namein an initial pseudonym, Izaak Baszewis, which he later expanded to the form under which he is now known. He was a leading figurein the Yiddish literarymovement and won theNobel Prize in Literature in 1978. He won two U.S. National Book Awards, one in Children's Literaturefor his memoir A Day Of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw and one in Fiction for his collection A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories.