Literary Birthday – 17 July – Shmuel Agnon

Shmuel Agnon was born 17 July 1888, and died 17 February 1970.

Three Quotes

  1. People’s talk and the stories they tell have been engraved on my heart, and some of them have flown into my pen.
  2. Sometimes small things lead to great joys.
  3. I was five years old when I wrote my first song. It was out of longing for my father that I wrote it.

Shmuel Agnon was an Israeli writer and Nobel Prize laureate. He was one of the central figures of modern Hebrew fiction. In English, his works are published under the name S. Y. Agnon. In 1966 he was the co-recipient, with Nelly Sachs, of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 17th July 2014