Rachel Eytan (1932-1987) was born in Tel Aviv. She spent part of her childhood in children's homes and later moved to a border kibbutz. She taught high school for four years, working closely with the children of new immigrants, and later was a journalist. Her short stories appeared in the daily press and in literary magazines. In 1967 she moved to New York where she continued to write. She became a professor of Hebrew and Yiddish literature and taught at Hofstra University. In 1966 her novel, The Fifth Heaven, was awarded the prestigious Brenner Prize.
Books Published in Hebrew
The Fifth Heaven (novel), Am Oved, 1962; 2012 [Ba-Raki'a Ha-Chamishi]
Pleasures of Man (novel), Am Oved, 1974 [Shida Ve-Shidot]
Books in Translation
The Fifth Heaven
English: Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society of America, 1985