Becoming an American Writer: The Life and Works of Isaac Bashevis Singer

The centennial celebration Becoming an American Writer: The Life and Works of Isaac Bashevis Singer organized, presented, and supported public programs on the life and work of the Nobel Prize-winning writer Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991). The most famous Yiddish writer of the twentieth century, Singer was an immigrant writer who made himself an American writer, in the process transforming American culture and being transformed himself, in his life and in his work.

Coordinated by The Library of America in cooperation with the ALA Public Programs Office and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Becoming an American Writer provided $450 grants and the three-volume authoritative collection Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories (The Library of America, July 2004) to 60 libraries of all types across the country interested in organizing Singer programs for the public.