Bashevis Singer Enters American Canon NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Ilan Stavans, editor of the new three-volume series Isaac Bashevis Singer Collected Stories. The Library of America published the collection, signaling that Singer's work is part of the American canon of great literature. This year marks the centenary for the birth of the Yiddish storyteller. Singer, born in Poland, immigrated to the United States in 1935. In 1978, he won the Nobel Prize for literature, the only Yiddish writer to be so honored.