Books: Special from No Man's Land

THE MANOR by Isaac Bashevis Singer. 442 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $6.95.

Isaac Bashevis Singer is a most curious relic. He pecks away at his 22-year-old Yiddish typewriter, writing of dubious demons and Polish shtetls (Jewish villages) that disappeared before he was born. Is he, at 63, the greatest living 19th century novelist—author of titles as blatantly old-fashioned as The Family Moskat? Is he a Jewish Hawthorne? No labels quite cling to a writer who was too long regarded as just a quaint retailer of legends. -

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