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The Spinoza of Market Street Summary
Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Introduction

Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer's short story "The Spinoza of Market Street" was first published in Esquire magazine in 1961, later anthologized in The Spinoza of Market Street, Singer's second collection of short stories. Irving Malin describes the title story as "clearly one of Singer's best," while Paul Kresh observed that this volume, which inspired Irving Howe to declare Singer "a genius," "marked another step in Isaac's acceptance as one of the great short-story writers of our time."

The story is set in the Jewish shtetl (a small community of Eastern European Jews) of Warsaw, Poland, against the backdrop of the events leading to the beginning of World War I in August, 1914. It concerns Dr. Fischelson, a scholar of philosophy who has devoted his life to the study of Benedict de Spinoza's masterwork, Ethics. Because of his skeptical ideas regarding religion, derived from Spinoza, Dr. Fischelson has been fired from...

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