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Singer's Lament

Many of Isaac Bashevis Singer's novels have been adapted for the screen, among them The Magician of Lublin and Enemies: A Love Story.

Singer's short story "Yentl, the Yesiva Boy" became Barbra Streisand's award-winning Yentl. Singer's verdict? "I did not find artistic merit -- neither in the adaptation, nor in the directing," he declared. "There was too much singing, much too much."

[Though expected to become a Hasidic rabbi, Singer joined his older brother (I. J. Singer) as a writer in New York.]

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