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American Writers (American Biographies) by Elizabeth H. Oakes

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While Asimov’s parents were Atwood, Margaret Orthodox Jews, according to Asimov’s autobiography (1994), he remained without religion simply because no one made an effort to teach him any. Some have speculated that Asimov was an atheist, others refer to him as a humanist (someone who believes that humans alone are responsible for the problems and achievements of society; that neither good nor evil is produced by supernatural beings and that the problems of humankind can be solved without such things).

While Asimov may be best known for his science fiction, his works span almost every major division of the Dewey decimal system, with topics ranging from anatomy, physiology, astronomy, the Bible, biology, chemistry, etymology, geography, Greek mythology, history, humor, mathematics, and physics. Isaac, the son of Judah and Anna Asimov, was born in Petrovichi, Russia, in 1920. His family moved to the United States when Isaac was three years old and settled in New York City, where his father opened a candy store.

In 1983, John Aldridge noted in an article in The New York Times “. . ” The Devil’s Stocking was published posthumously in 1983. In September 1980, Algren moved to Long Island, New York. On May 9, 1981, the morning 16 Allen, Paula Gunn after attending a party to celebrate his election into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Algren died of a heart attack. He was 72 years old. Algren is buried in Sag Harbor Cemetery on Long Island. After his death, the city of Chicago changed the name of West Evergreen Street to West Algren Street, but reversed the decision due to complaints from residents.

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