Books: Preacher

STORIES FOR CHILDREN by Isaac Bashevis Singer Farrar, Straus & Giroux 338 pages; $13.95

If Aesop were alive today," maintains Isaac Bashevis Singer, "he might have written a fable about a skunk who was psychoanalyzed to lose his stench, or about a hare who preached the dictatorship of hares . .. When art begins to ape science it becomes exactly that—an ape. It appears just as ridiculous when it tries with its limited powers to retard or push forward the wheels of history."

The phrases are terse, the message mordant. It might also be credible if Singer had not just published...

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