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Isaac Bashevis Singer in the 1980s. Bernard Gotfryd/Getty Images.

Isaac Bashevis Singer in the 1980s. Bernard Gotfryd/Getty Images.

Observation
Jan. 30 2019
About the author

Ruth R. Wisse is a research professor at Harvard and a distinguished senior fellow at the Tikvah Fund. Her most recent book is No Joke: Making Jewish Humor (2013, paperback 2015).


We present here the ninth chapter from the memoirs-in-progress of the renowned scholar and author Ruth R. Wisse. Earlier chapters can be found here. Further installments will appear over the next months.

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