Leading figure of the 20th-century Yiddish Literary Movement and 1978 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best known works include The Magician of Lublin and A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories.
His memoir, A Day Of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw, won a U.S. National Book Award for Children's Literature.
He and T.S. Eliot were both recipients of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The son of a Hasidic rabbi, Singer initially set his own sights on a religious career. He immigrated to the United States in 1935, due to the increasing threat of the Nazi regime in his native Poland.
He married Alma Wassermann in 1940 and spent the last fifty years of his life in New York and Florida. He had a son named Israel.