Lea Goldberg

Lea Goldberg (1911-1970) was born in Konigsberg, East Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia), and started writing Hebrew verse as a schoolgirl in Kovno. She received a Ph.D in semitic languages from Bonn University, and immigrated to pre-state Israel in 1935. Goldberg was a renowned poet - a member of the Shlonsky group - as well as a successful children's author, theater critic, translator, and editor. In 1952, she began teaching literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Later, she established the university's Department of Comparative Literature and remained its chairperson until her death. Goldberg published nine books of poetry during her lifetime, novels, plays, non-fiction, and books for children. She was awarded the Ruppin Prize (1949), the Shlonsky Prize (1956), the Kugel Prize (1960), the Neuman Prize (New York, 1969) and the Israel Prize for Literature (1970).

Lea Goldberg’s work has been published in 15 languages. 


Leah Goldberg

Books Published in Hebrew

POETRY
Smoke Rings, Yachdav, 1935 [Tabaʹot Ashan]
Green-Eyed Spike, Dfus Hanakdan, 1939 [Shibolet Yerukat Ha-Ayin]
Songs in the Villages, Dfus Hanakdan, 1942 [Shir Ba-Kfarim: Machrozet Shirei Am]
From My Old Home, Sifriat Poalim, 1944 [Mi-Beiti Ha-Yashan]
Of Bloom, Sifriat Poalim, 1948 [Al Ha-Pricha]
Samsonʹs Love, Mikra Studio, 1952 [Ahavat Shimshon: Machrozet Shirim]
Morning Lightning, Sifriat Poalim, 1955 [Barak Ba-Boker]
Early and Later, Sifriat Poalim, 1959; extended ed. 2003 [Mukdam U-Meuchar: Mivchar Shirim]
This Night, Sifriat Poalim, 1964 [Im Ha-Layla Ha-Zeh]
Selected Poems, Yachdav, The Hebrew Writers Association, 1970 [Yalkut Shirim]
The Rest of Life, Sifriat Poalim, 1971 [Sheʹerit Ha-Chayim: Shirim Reshumim Min Ha-Izavon]
Collected Poems [3 vols.], Sifriat Poalim, 1973; rev. ed. 1986 [Shirim]
Small, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1981 [Zuta]
Poems, Sifriat Poalim, 1986 [Shirim]
You Will Walk in the Fields (poems & songs), Sifriat Poalim, 1989 [At Telchi Ba-Sadeh]
Selected Poems, Sifriat Poalim, 1989 [Mivchar Shirim]
In My Beloved Country, Sifriat Poalim, 1997 [Be-Eretz Ahavati: Mivchar Shirei Ahava]
Love and Gold Poems: The Sonnets of Lea Goldberg, Sifriat Poalim, 2008 [Shirei Ahava Ve-Zahav: Ha-Sonetot Shel Lea Goldberg]
A Collection of Poems, Yedioth Ahronoth, 2008 [Mivchar Shirim]
Light Along the Edge of a Cloud: Selected Poems, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Sifriat Poalim, 2011 [Lea Goldberg: Sefer / Seret / Mivchar Shirim]
Urban Poems: Unpublished Poems by Lea Goldberg Inspired by Woodcuts by Frans Masereel, Even Hoshen, 2012 [Shir / Ir: Tzror Shirim Gnuzim Me'et Lea Goldberg Le-Chituchei Etz Me'et Frans Masereel]
White Days, Sifriat Poalim, 2017 [Yamim Levanim: Mivchar]
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PROSE & DRAMA
Letters from an Imaginary Journey (novel) , Davar, 1937; Sifriat Poalim, 1982; extended ed. 2007 [Michtavim Mi-Nesi'a Meduma]
And This Is the Light (novel) , Sifriat Poalim, 1946; 1994; Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2005 [Ve-Hu Ha-Or]
Rose of Asturias (sketch), Culture Center, General Federation of Labour in Israel, 1949 [Shoshanat Asturia]
World Literature Translated into Hebrew (non-fiction), Culture Center, General Federation of Labour in Israel, 1951 [Sifrut Yafa Olamit Be-Tirgumeiha Le-Ivrit: Hartza'ot Ba-Kurs Le-Safranim Mi-Ta'am Ha-Merkaz Le-Tarbut]
Encounter with a Poet (memoir), Sifriat Poalim, 1952; 1988; 2009 [Pgisha Im Meshorer (Al Avraham Ben-Yitzhak Sonne)]
Introduction to The Devine Comedy (non-fiction), Mifal Hashichpul, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1953; 1959 [Mavo La-Komedya Ha-Elohit]
The Lady of the Castle (play), Sifriat Poalim, 1956; rev. ed. 1974; Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2014 [Baʹalat Ha-Armon: Epizoda Dramatit Be-Shalosh Ma'arachot]
Five Chapters on the Basics of Poetry (essay), The Jewish Agency for Israel, 1957 [Chamisha Prakim Bi-Yesodot Ha-Shira]
On Unity of Man and Nature in the Writing of Tolstoy (non-fiction), Magnes Press, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1959 [Achdut Ha-Adam Ve-Ha-Yekum Bi-Yetzirat Tolstoy]
The Art of the Short Story (non-fiction), Sifriat Poalim, 1963 [Omanut Ha-Sipur: Iyunim Be-Tzurot Ha-Sipur Ha-Katzar U-Ve-Toldotav]
Russian Literature in the Nineteenth Centuary (non-fiction), Sifriat Poalim, 1968 [Ha-Sifrut Ha-Rusit Ba-Me'a Ha-Tsha-Esreh: Kovetz Masot]
Prose (novel, stories, memoir), Sifriat Poalim, 1972 [Proza]
Drama of Consciousness: Studies in Dostovesky (non-fiction), Sifriat Poalim, 1974 [Ha-Drama Shel Ha-Toda'a: Pirkei Dostoyevski]
The Courage for the Mundane (non-fiction), Sifriat Poalim, 1976 [Ha-Ometz Le-Chulin: Bchinot U-Te'amim Be-Sifrutenu Ha-Chadasha]
Aspects of World Literature (non-fiction), Sifriat Poalim, 1977 [Mi-Dor U-Me-Ever: Bchinot U-Te'amim Be-Sifrut Klalit]
Between a Children's Author and His Readers (non-fiction), Sifriat Poalim, 1978 [Bein Sofer Yeladim Le-Kor'av: Ma'amarim Be-Sifrut Yeladim]
Letters and Diary, Massada, 1978 [Michtavim Ve-Yoman]
Plays, Sifriat Poalim, 1979 [Machazot]
Stories, Sifriat Poalim, 1996 [Sipurim]
Lea Goldbergʹs Diaries, Sifriat Poalim, 2005 [Yomanei Lea Goldberg]
Hebrew Youth: Lea Goldbergʹs Letters from the Province, Sifriat Poalim, 2009 [Naʹarot Ivriyot: Michtevei Lea Goldberg Min Ha-Provintzya: 1923-1935]
The Complete Short Stories, Sifriat Poalim, 2009 [Kol Ha-Sipurim]
Losses (novel) , Sifriat Poalim, 2010 [Avedot ("Mukdash Le-Antonia")]
Plays, Sifriat Poalim, 2011 [Machazot: Gnuzim Vi-Yeduʹim]
Lea Goldberg-Tuvia Ruebner: Correspondence [with Tuvia Ruebner], Sifriat Poalim, 2017 [Ulai Rak Tziporei Masa: Chalifat Michtavim]
Selected Journalistic Articles 1928-1941, Sifriat Poalim, 2017 [Yoman Sifruti: Mivchar Reshmot Iton 1928-1941]
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CHILDREN
A Visitor from Kinneret (children), Ha-Va'ada Le-Ma'an Totzeret Ha-Aretz, 1939 [Ha-Orachat Mi-Kineret]
City and Countryside (children), Ha-Va'ada Le-Ma'an Totzeret Ha-Aretz, 1939 [Ha-Ir Ve-Ha-Kfar]
The Zoo (children-picture bk), Joachim Goldstein, Binyamin Greenbaum, 1941; Dvir, 1970 [Sefer Gan Ha-Chayot; Gan Ha-Chayot]
Dan and Dinah Walk in Tel Aviv (children), Sanitation Department of Tel Aviv Municipality, 1943; 1959 [Dan Ve-Dina Metaylim Be-Tel-Aviv]
The Absent-Minded Guy from Kfar Azar [adapted by Lea Goldberg] (children-picture bk), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1943; new ed: Am Oved, 1967; new ed. 2011 [Ha-Mefuzar Mi-Kfar Azar]
Post Office [adapted by Lea goldberg] (children-picture bk), H. Margolin & A. Cohen, 1943 [Do'ar]
Who's Who [adapted by Lea Goldberg] (children-picture bk), H. Margolin, 1943 [Mi Va-Mi]
My Friends from Arnon Street (children), Sifriat Poalim, 1943; 1966; new ed. 1977; 2016 [Yediday Me-Rechov Arnon (Arba'a Sipurim)]
Maintaining Our Country (children), Dfus Kopsia, 1944 [Nishmor Al Artzenu]
The Little Pavilon [adaoted by Lea Goldberg] (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 1945; 1968; 1974 [Ha-Bitan Ha-Katan: Tzror Agadot-Am]
Please [adapted by Lea Goldberg] (children-picture bk), H. Margolin, 1946 [Be-Vakasha]
A Book About Books [adapted by Lea Goldberg] (children-picture bk), H. Margolin, 1946 [Sefer Al Sfarim]
The Merry Zoo (children), Twersky, 1947; Bronfman, 1976 [Ha-Beivar Ha-Aliz]
What Do the Does Do? (children) Sifriat Poalim, 1949; rev. ed. 1967 [Ma Osot Ha-Ayalot: Shirim Li-Yladim]
A Dozen Sabras (children-picture bk), P. Ruschkewitz, 1949 [Treisar Tzabarim]
Cinderalla [adapted by Lea Goldberg] (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 1950 [Lichluchit]
Little Red Riding Hood [adapted by Lea Goldberg] (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 1950 [Kipa Aduma]
Aladdin and His Magic Lamp [adapted by Lea Goldberg] (children-picture bc), Sifriat Poalim, 1950 [Aladin U-Menorat Ha-Ksamim Shelo]
Seven Raven [adapted by Lea Goldberg] (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 1950; 2005; Sifriat Poalim, Yedioth Ahronoth, 2013 [Shiv'at Ha-Orvim]
The Song of a Young World [with Käthe Jacob] (children), Sifrei Tzabar, 1950 [Kach Yashir Olam Tza'ir]
Mor the Donkey (children-picture bk), Mikra Studio, Sifriat Poalim, 1951; Sifriat Poalim, 1987; board bk: 2007 [Mor Ha-Chamor; Mas'ot Mor Ha-Chamor]
Miracles and Wonders (children) , Sifriat Poalim, 1954; new & rev. ed. 2015 [Nissim Ve-Niflaʹot]
Little Queen of Sheba (children), Sifrei Tzabar, 1956; rev. ed: Sifriat Poalim, 1990 [Malkat-Shva Ha-Ktana: Sipur Me-Chayei Yeladim Olim]
Where is Pluto? (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 1957; board bk: 2009 [Ayeh Pluto]
A Flat to Let [Room for Rent] (children-picture bk) , Sifriat Poalim, 1959; new ed. 1970 [Dira Le-Haskir: Shlosha Sipurim]
This Way and Not That Way [adapted by Lea Goldberg] (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 1959; new ed. 2002 [Kach Ve-Lo Kach]
A Little Shack (children), Sifriat Poalim, 1959; 2012 [Tzrif Katan]
A Tale of Three Nuts (children-picture bk) , Sifriat Poalim, 1960; new ed. 2007 [Maʹase Bi-Shlosha Egozim]
The Story of a Painter (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 1965; 2007 [Ma'aseh Be-Tzayar]
Adventure in the Desert (children), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1966; 2016 [Harpatka Ba-Midbar]
The Elephant has a Cold, Bronfman, 1975 [La-Pilah Yesh Nazelet]
House No. 15 (children), 1943; Ministry of Education and Culture, 1976 [Ha-Bayit Mispar 15]
Teddy Bear Shoeshine (children-picture bk), 1949; Ministry of Education and Culture, 1976; Sifriat Poalim, 1987 [Dov-Duboni Ben Dubayim Metzachtze'ach Na'alayim]
Mr. Fibber, the Storyteller (children-picture bk) , Sifriat Poalim, 1977; Sifriat Poalim / Noah Books, 2013 [Mar Guzmay Ha-Baday]
Friends Together (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 1978; Sifriat Poalim, Yedioth Ahronoth, 2006 [Ve-Chulam Chaverim: Chamisha Sipurim]
Shamgar the Carpenter (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 1979 [Shamgar Ha-Nagar]
Danny and the Parrot (children-picture bk), World Zionist Organization, 1982 [Danny Ve-Ha-Tuki]
Come Clouds (children), Sifriat Poalim, 1982 [Bou Ananim]
Uri Cadduri [with Arie Navon] (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 1983; Sifriat Poalim/ Noah Books, 2013 [Uri Kaduri]
Song for the Hyacinth (children), Kinneret, 1986 [Pizmon La-Yakinton]
In the Land of China (children-picture bk) , 1942; 1949; Sifriat Poalim, 1986; new ed. 2011 [Be-Eretz Sin]
The Clever Donkey and Other Animals [with arie Navon] (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 1986 [Ha-Chamor He-Chacham Ve-Chayot Acherot]
Mr. Kashkash Tells Stories (children-picture bk), 1959; Sifriat Poalim, 1987 [Mi-Sipurei Mar Kashkash]
A Golden Leaf (children), Sifriat Poalim, 1988 [Aleh Shel Zahav]
Reflections on my Window (children), Sifriat Poalim, 1989 [Ma Nishkaf Be-Chaloni]
Dreams of a King (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 1994 [Chalomotav Shel Melech]
Who is at the Pavilion? [adapted by Lea Goldberg] (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 1997; board bk: 2008 [Mi Ba-Bitan?: (Al-Pi Ma'asiya Rusit)]
Tricky Chicky [with Arie Navon] (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 1997 [Ha-Efro'ach Bilbulmo'ach]
Dream Is a Great Artist: Selected Poems (children), Sifriat Poalim, 1998 [Ha-Chalom Hu Tzayar Gadol: Mivchar Shirim Li-Yladim]
The Bad Boy (children-picture bk) , 1959; Sifriat Poalim, 2005 [Ha-Yeled Ha-Ra]
The Magic Hat (children-picture bk) , 1949; Sifriat Poalim, 2005 [Kova Ksamim]
A Story about Ya’ir (children-picture bk) , 1946; Sifriat Poalim, 2006 [Sipur Al Ya’ir]
Birthday Party Guest (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 2008 [Ha-Oreʹach Be-Yom Huledet]
What Am I Going to Cook for Lunch? (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 2009 [Ma Avashel La-Aruchat-Tzohorayim?]
Why Did the Child Laugh in his Dream? (children-picture bk) , 1949; 1959; board bk: Sifriat Poalim, 2010 [Madua Ha-Yeled Tzachak Ba-Chalom]
Collected Poems (children), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Dvir, 2011 [Pizmon La-Yakinton]
The Garden of Stars (children-picture bk) , 1949; Sifriat Poalim, 2011 [Gan Ha-Kochavim]
The Spells of the Zoo (children-picture bk) 1947; Sifriat Poalim, Kinneret, 2011 [Mi-Niflaʹot Gan Ha-Chayot]
Who Will Live in the Little Cabin? (children-picture bk) , 1959; Sifriat Poalim, 2012 [Mi Yagur Bi-Tzrif Katan?]
Mister Magic (children-picture bk), 1959; Sifriat Poalim, 2013 [Dod Kosem]
Two Ducks (children-board bk), Sifriat Poalim, 2015 [Barvazayim]
The Lost Cricket (children-picture bk) , 1950; Sifriat Poalim, 2016 [Ha-Tzratzar Ha-Tayar]
The Dream Magician (children-picture bk) , 1949; Sifriat Poalim, 2016 [Sar Ha-Yeladim]
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PERFORMED PLAYS
School in a Flood [Haifa Theater for Children, 1937]
A Sea in the Window [Ivri Theater, 1938]
The Lady of the Castle [Cameri, 1955]

Books in Translation

German: Frankfurt, Suhrkamp Judischer Verlag, 2003
Spanish: Valencia, Pre-Textos, 2006
English: New York & London, Toby Press, 2011

Lady of the Castle (play)
German: Munich, Ahn & Simrock [circa 1950]
English: Jerusalem, WZO/Tel Aviv, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature, 1974; in Selected Poetry and Drama, New York/London, Toby Press, 2005
French: Tel Aviv, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature, 1983 

The Cobbler (story)
English: Tel Aviv, WIZO, 1950
 
Light on the Rim of a Cloud (poetry)
English: San Franscisco, Didymus, 1972

With This Night (poetry)
Spanish: Granada, Universidad de Granada, 1994
English: Austin, TX, University of Texas Press, 2010

Of Bloom (poetry)
English: New York, Garland, 1992
Italian: Milan, A Oriente, 2011

Selected Poetry and Drama
English: New York/London, The Toby Press, 2005 

Selected Poems
English: London & San Francisco, Menard Press / Panjandrum, 1976; Cincinnati, Hebrew Union College, 2017 
Polish: London, Oficyna Poetow i Malarzy, 1971
Russian: Tel Aviv, Sifriat Poalim, 1989
Spanish: Granada, Universidad de Granada, 1994 (2 vols.) 
German: Wuppertal/ Vienna, Arco, 2015
Russian: Jerusalem, Aliya, 1993

English: Los Angeles, Ward & Ritchie, 1972; New Delhi, National Book Trust, 2000; Jerusalem/New York, Gefen, 2017; as comic-strip story: New York, Toon Books, forthcoming
Korean: Seoul, Joongang M&B, 1999
Gujarati: New Delhi, National Book Trust, 2003
Telugu: New Delhi, National Book Trust, 2005
Tamil: New Delhi, National Book Trust, 2005; 12 Indian languages: forthcoming
German: Berlin, Ariella Verlag, 2011
Russian: Moscow, Text, 2012 
Portuguese: Rio de Janeiro, Leya, 2013
Spanish: Mexico, Leetra, 2017 
Uzbek: Moscow/Tashkent, Text, forthcoming

Chinese: Hong Kong, TBP Media, forthcoming

My Friends from Arnon Street
Catalan: Barcelona, Abadia de Montserrat, 1979

Little Queen of Sheba
English: New York, Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1959

Where is Pluto?
Arabic: Tel Aviv, Sifriat Poalim, 1999; Nazareth, Merkaz adab al-Atfal al-Arabi fi Israel, 2010 

A Little Shack & What Do the Does Do?
French: Paris, Ed. Chandeigne, 2005

Chinese: Beijing, People's Education Press, 2012