A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories

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A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories is a 1973 book of short stories written by Polish-American author Isaac Bashevis Singer. It shared the 1974 National Book Award for Fiction with Thomas Pynchon.[1] The twenty-four (24) stories in this collection were translated from Yiddish (Singer's language of choice for writing) by Singer, Laurie Colwin, and others.[2][3]


The stories appear in the following sequence:[4]

  • "A Crown of Feathers"
  • "A Day in Coney Island"
  • "The Captive"
  • "The Blizzard"
  • "Property"
  • "The Lantuch"
  • "The Son from America"
  • "The Briefcase"
  • "The Cabalist of East Broadway"
  • "The Bishop's Robe"
  • "A Quotation from Klopstock"
  • "The Magazine"
  • "Lost"
  • "The Prodigy"
  • "The Third One"
  • "The Recluse"
  • "A Dance and a Hop"
  • "Her Son"
  • "The Egotist"
  • "The Beard"
  • "The Dance"
  • "On a Wagon"
  • "Neighbors"
  • "Grandfather and Grandson"


Alfred Kazin noted in his 1974 review of the book in The New York Times that: "Isaac Bashevis Singer is an extraordinary writer. And this new collection of stories, like so much that he writes, represents the most delicate imaginative splendor, wit, mischief and, not least, the now unbelievable life that Jews once lived in Poland."[5]

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  1. ^ "National Book Awards – 1974". National Book Foundation.
    With essay by Harold Augenbraum from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.
  2. ^ A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories, translated by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Laurie Colwin, and others (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1973) ISBN 0374132178
  3. ^ http://www.buffalolib.org/vufind/Record/52363/Description
  4. ^ http://www.loa.org/volume.jsp?RequestID=213&section=toc#.dpuf
  5. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/books/98/01/25/home/singer-feathers.html

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Preceded by
John Barth
National Book Award for Fiction
Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
Succeeded by
Dog Soldiers
Robert Stone
Preceded by
John Edward Williams
Succeeded by
The Hair of Harold Roux
Thomas Williams