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1. Isaac Bashevis. 1904--91, US writer of Yiddish novels and short stories; born in Poland. His works include Satan in Goray (1935), The Family Moscat (1950), the autobiographical In my Father's Court (1966), and The King of the Fields (1989): Nobel prize for literature 1978
2. Isaac Merrit. 1811--75, US inventor, who originated and developed an improved chain-stitch sewing machine (1852)
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siren whose singing lured ships to their destruction. [Ger. Lit.: Benét, 599]
their singing so sweet, it lured sailors to their death. [Gk. Myth.: Hamilton, 48]
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