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Shmuel Yosef Agnon

Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888-1970) was born Shmuel Yosef Czaczkes in Buczacz, Galicia, and became 1966 Nobel Prize laureate in Literature. He was born to an affluent and urbane family where traditional Jewish culture dwelt side by side with modern European culture. While his father taught him rabbinical legends, his mother read him German stories.
Agnon began to write in both Hebrew and Yiddish at the age of eight and started to publish at the age of fifteen. He left Buczacz in January 1907 for Jaffa and never again wrote in Yiddish. But by that time, he had published some seventy pieces in Hebrew and Yiddish.
In Jaffa, Agnon gave private lessons and occasionally worked as a clerk. In 1908 he published his first story in Eretz Israel, Agunot (Forsaken Souls), using the pseudonym Agnon. In 1924 he took Agnon as his official family name.
In 1913, drawn by Germany's lively Jewish cultural life, he left Eretz Israel. While there, he married Esther Marx and the couple had two children. At first, Agnon gave private lessons and worked as an editor. Later, a wealthy Jewish businessman, Zalman Schocken, became his patron and published his works. Agnon read German and French literature extensively, became a member of a circle of Hebrew writers in Hamburg and collaborated with Martin Buber on a collection of Hassidic stories. In 1924 fire swept his home and destroyed all his books and manuscripts, including the novel, In the Bond of Life, whose imminent publication had already been announced. He returned to Jerusalem where he lived until his death. Several of his works were published posthumously by his daughter, Emmuna Yaron.
Called "a man of unquestionable genius" and "one of the great storytellers of our time," S.Y. Agnon is among the most effusively-praised and widely-translated Hebrew authors. His unique style and language have influenced later generations of Hebrew authors. In addition to the 1966 Nobel Prize for Literature, Agnon received numerous literary awards, including the Israel Prize on two occasions. In 2007, his work was named among the ten most important in modern Hebrew literature. 

Books Published in Hebrew

Collected Stories of S.Y. Agnon, Schocken, 1st ed., Vols. I-VI, Berlin; Vols. VII, VIII, Jerusalem; Vols. IX-XI, Jerusalem & Tel Aviv, 1931-1952 (CS)
Collected Works of S.Y. Agnon, Schocken, 8 vols, Tel Aviv, 1953-62 (CW)
Posthumous Works, Schocken, Tel Aviv & Jerusalem, 1971-2002 (PW)

And the Crooked Shall Be Made Straight (novella), Brenner, 1912 [Ve-Haya He-Akov Le-Mishor]
The Dune, Judischer Verlag, Berlin: 1920 [Giv'at Ha-Chol] 
The Legend of the Scribe (novella), 1929 [Agadat Ha-Sofer]
The Bridal Canopy (novel), Schocken, 1931 (CS-I, II) [Hachnasat Kalah]
From Then and From Now (stories), Schocken, 1931 (CS-III) [Me-Az U-Me-Ata]
Love Stories (stories), Schocken, 1931 (CS-IV) [Sipurei Ahavim]
In the Heart of Seas (novella), Schocken, 1935 [Bi-Lvav Yamim]
A Simple Story (novel), Schocken, 1935 (CS-V) [Sipur Pashut]
Peacefully (stories), Schocken, 1935 (CS-VI) [Be-Shuva Ve-Nahat]
Days of Awe (Exegesis), Schocken, 1938 [Yamim Noraim]
A Guest for the Night (novel), Schocken, 1939 (CS-VIII) [Oreah Natah Lalun]
Of Such and Of Such (stories), Schocken, 1941 (CS-VIII) [Elu Va-Elu] 1953 (CW- II, same title, diff. stories)
The Book of Deeds (stories), Schocken, 1941 [Sefer Ha-Ma’asim]
Betrothed (novella), Schocken, 1943 [Shevuat Emunim]
Yesteryear (novel), Schocken, 1945 (CS-IX) [Tmol Shilshom]
Near and Apparent (stories), Schocken, 1951 (CS-X) [Samuch Ve-Nireh]
To This Day (stories), Schocken, 1952 (CS-XI) [Ad Hena]
At the Handles of the Lock (stories), Schocken, 1953 (CW-III) [Al Kapot Ha-Man’ul]
The Fire and the Wood (stories), Schocken, 1962 (CW-VIII) [Ha-Esh Ve-ha-Etzim]

Shirah (novel), Schocken, 1971; 1999 (PW) [Shira]
A City and the Fullness Thereof (stories), Schocken, 1973; 1999 (PW) [Ir U-Meloa]       
In Mr. Lublin’s Shop (novel), Schocken, 1974; 2001 (PW) [Be-Hanuto Shel Mar Lublin]
Within the Wall (stories), Schocken, 1975; 2001 (PW) [Lifnim Min Ha-Homa]
From Myself to Myself (non-fiction), Schocken, 1976; 2000 (PW) [Me-Atzmi El Atzmi]
Introductions (stories), Schocken, 1977; 2001 (PW) [Pithei Devarim]
Book, Writer and Story (stories), Schocken, 1978; 2000 (PW) [Sefer Sofer Ve-Sipur]
The Beams of our House (stories), Schocken, 1979; 2001 (PW) [Korot Bateinu]
Dear Esther (letters), Schocken, 1983; 2000 (PW) [Esterlein Yakiraty]
Agnon’s Alef Bet (children-picture bk), Schocken, 1983 [Sefer Ha-Otiyot]
A Shroud of Stories, Schocken, 1984; 2001 (PW) [Tachrich Shel Sipurim]
The Baal Shem Tov Stories, Schocken, 1986; 2003 (PW) [Sipurei Ha-Baal Shem Tov]
The Correspondence of S.Y.Agnon and Z. Schocken (letters), Schocken, 1991; 2003 [Sh.Y.Agnon - Sh..Z .Schocken, Halifat Michtavim]
In the Prime of Her Life, Schocken, Jerusalem, 1991 [Bi-Dmi Yameha]
Present at Sinai: The Giving of the Law (stories), Schocken, 1995; 2003 (PW) [Atem Re’item]
From the Circles of the Wise: Correspondence 1909-1970, Schocken, 2002 (PW) [Mi-Sod Chachamim: Michtavim 1909-1970: Agnon, Brenner, Bialik, Lachower, Katznelson, Sadan]
An Orange Peel: Three Stories (children), Schocken, 2008 [Klipat Tapuach Zahav]
Yesteryear (novel), new ed. Schocken, Yedioth Ahronoth, 2008 [Tmol Shilshom]
A Simple Story (novel), new ed. Schocken, 2011 [Sipur Pashut]
Three Stories [drawings: Shay Charka], Schocken, 2012 [Shai Ve-Agnon: Shlosha Sipurim]
Daya of Grace (stories), Schocken, 2017 [Yemei Ratzon: Shisha Sipurim]


Books in Translation:


Selected Stories / Novellas (all different collections)

Arabic: Tel Aviv, Dar al-nashr al-`Arabi, 1968
Chinese: Guilin, Lijiang, 1995
Danish: Copenhagen, Hasselbach, 1966; Copenhagen, Samleren, 1968
Dutch: Hasselt, Heideland-Orbis, 1971; Hilversum, Gooi&Sticht, 1990
English: New York, Schocken¸ 1948/ 65; New York, Schocken, 1970; New York, Jewish Publication Society of America, 1970; London, Gollancz, 1970; New York, Schocken, 1995; Jerusalem, Schocken, 1998 (Paintings: David Sharir); New York, Oxford University Press, 1998; London/New York, Toby Press, 2008; New Milford, CT, Toby Press, 2014 
Estonian: Tallinn, Aviv, 1993; Tallinn, Loomingu Raamatukogu/ Perioodika, 1994
Finnish: Porvoo, Soderstrom, 1967
French: Paris, Albin Michel, 1959/79; Paris, Rombaldi, 1972; Paris, Albin Michel, 1977
German: Berlin, Schocken, 1933; Berlin, Schocken, 1934; Zurich, Manesse, 1966; Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 1996
Hungarian: Budapest, Magyar Zsidok pro Palesztine, 1940
Italian: Milan, Mondadori, 1964/66/79; Florence, Giuntina, 1995
Japanese: Tokyo, Shufu-no-tomo Sha, 1971
Norwegian: Oslo, Aschehoug, 1968
Polish: Wroclaw, Wydawnictwo Dolnoslaskie, 1995; Warszawa, Wydawnictwo Nisza, 2016 
Portuguese: Sao Paulo, Perspectiva, 1967; Sao Paulo, Perspectiva, 1996
Romanian: Bucharest, Editura Tess Expres, 2013; Bucharest, Hasefer, 2014; Bucharest, Humanitas, 2016
Russian: Jerusalem, Jewish Agency Immigration & Absorption Dept, 1985; Jerusalem, Biblioteka Alyia, 1975; Jerusalem, Wahlstrom, 1981; Moscow, Raduga, 1991; Moscow, Panorama, 1996; novellas: Moscow/Jerusalem, Gesharim, 2004; Moscow, Text, 2014 
Slovenian: Ljubljana, Cankarjeva Zalozba, 1976
Spanish: Barcelona, Plaza & Janes, 1967; Buenos Aires, Plaza & Janes, 1967
Swedish: Stockholm, Norsted, 1925; Stockholm, Bonnier, 1964; 1966
Turkish: Istanbul, Matbaasi, 1966; Istanbul, Matbaasi, 1966
Yiddish: Tel Aviv, Ha-Menorah, 1969; Tel Aviv, Israel Book, 1978

Ido and Inam
English: London, Gollancz, 1966; Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1971; New York, Schocken, 1966
Persian: Teheran, Sazman-e Daneshjawayan-e Yahud Iran, 1967
Russian: Jerusalem, Biblioteka Alya, 1975

The Outcast
German: Berlin, Judischer Verlag, 1923; Berlin, Schocken, 1938; Frankfurt, Insel, 1964; Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 1988
Swedish: Stockholm, Bonnier, 1968

English: New Milford, Toby Press, 2017

And the Crooked Shall Be Made Straight
German: Berlin, Judischer Verlag, 1918; 1920; 1925; Berlin, Schocken, 1934; 1938
Hungarian: Cluj, Kadima, 1922
Italian: Florence, Casa Editrice Israel, 1935; Milan, Bompiani, 1966, 1979, 1990
Spanish: Barcelona, Plaza & Janes, 1967
English: Jerus
alem, Koren Publishers, 2016

The Legend of the Scribe
German: Berlin, Marx, 1923
Swedish: Stockholm, Norstedt, 1925
Yiddish: Tel Aviv, Ha-Menorah, 1969
English: New York, Schocken, 1970
Dutch: Amsterdam, Juda Palach Institute, 1992
Estonian: Tallinn, Loomingu Raamatukogu/ Perioodika,1994

The Bridal Canopy
English: Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1937; New York, Literary Guild of America, 1937; New York, Schocken, 1967; London, Gollancz, 1968; New York, Syracuse University Press, 2000; New Milford, The Toby Press, 2015
French: Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 2003

In the Heart of Seas
German: Berlin, Schocken, 1933; Zurich, Manesse, 1966
Hungarian: Budapest, Magyar Zsidok pro Palesztina, 1940
English: New York, Schocken, 1947; 1986; London, Gollancz, 1967
Portuguese: Sao Paulo, Perspectiva, 1967
Spanish: Barcelona, Plaza & Janes, 1967
Ljubljana, Cankarjeva Zalozba, 1976
Danish: Copenhagen, Samleren, 1968Slovenian: Ljubljana, Cankarjeva Zalozba, 1976
Russian: Jerusalem, Wahlstrom, 1981; Moscow, Raduga/Israel, 1991

French: Paris, Gallimard, 2008
Romanian: Bucharest, Editura Tess Expres, 2013

A Simple Story
Yiddish: New York, Der Kval, 1958; Tel Aviv, Ha-Menorah, 1969
German: Frankfurt, S. Fischer, 1967; 1987; Frankfurt, Surhrkamp, 1998
French: Paris, Albin Michel, 1980; Ed. 10/18, 1998
English: New York, Schocken, 1985
Italian: Milan, Adelphi, 2002
Chinese: Shanghai, Shanghai Translation Publishing House, 2004
Russian: Moscow, Lechaim, 2004

Dutch: Amsterdam, Querido, 2017

A Guest for the Night
German: Frankfurt, S. Fischer, 1964; Stuttgart, Deutscher Buecherbund, 1966; Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 1993
Turkish: Istanbul, Matbaasi, 1966
Spanish: Buenos Aires, Plaza & Janes, 1967
English: London, Gollancz, 1968; New York, Schocken, 1968; Madison, Univ. of Wisonsin Press, 2004; New Milford, The Toby Press, 2015
French: Paris, Albin Michel, 1973
Portuguese (Brazil): São Paulo, Perspectiva, 2014

Russian: Moscow, Text Knizhniki, 2016

Armenian:Tbilisi, Antares, 2018

German: Berlin, Jüdischer Verlag, 2019

The Book of Deeds
German: Frankfurt am Main, Suhrkamp, 1995

The Betrothed
Italian: Milan, Mondadori, 1964; Milan, Frateri Fabbri, 1972
German: Frankfurt am Main, S. Fischer, 1965
English: London, Gollancz, 1966; New York, Schocken, 1966;
Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1971; New York, A. Gregory, 1971
Norwegian: Oslo, Aschehoug, 1966
Turkish: Istanbul, Matbaasi, 1966
Danish: Copenhagen, Samleren, 1967; Copenhagen, Samleren, 1976
Spanish: Buenos Aires, Plaza y Janes, 1967
Finnish: Porvoo, Soderstrom, 1967
Swedish: Stockholm, Bonnier, 1967
Japanese: Tokyo, Shufu-no-tomo Sha, 1971
Portuguese: Sao Paulo, Perspectiva, 1996

Yesteryear (Only Yesterday)
German: Frankfurt, S. Fischer, 1969; Berlin, Volk und Welt, 1982; Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 1996
Spanish: Barcelona, Plaza & Janes, 1969
French: Paris, Albin Michel, 1971; 1996
English: Princeton, NJ, Princeton Univ. Press, 2000; pback: 2002
Hungarian: Budapest, Babel Kiado, 2001

Italian: Torino, Einaudi, 2010

English: Princeton N.J., Princeton University Press, 2018


In the Prime of Her Life
French: Paris, Gallimard, 2003
Italian: Milan, Adelphi, 2008

English: New York, Schocken, 1989; New York, Syracuse University Press, 1996
German: Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 1998

In Mr. Lublin's Shop
German: Leipzig, Gustav Kiepenheuer, 1993

English: New Milford, CT, Toby Press, 2016

My Grandfather's Talmud
German: Berlin, Soncino-Gessellschaft, 1925

To This Day
English: New Milford, US./London, Toby Press, 2008
Russian: Moscow, Text, 2011

Two Tales: Betrothed & Edo and Enan:
English: New Milford; London, The Toby Press, 2014

Agnon's Alef Bet: Poems
English: Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society of America, 1998

The Wonder Child Gadiel
English: New York, Hebrew Educators’ Comittee, 1940

An Orange Peel: Three Stories
English: New Milford, CT, Toby Press, 2015

A City and the Fullness Thereof
English: New Milford, CT, Toby Press, 2016   


French: Paris, Gallimard, 2014











































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