Shmuel Yosef Agnon

Israeli Hebrew writer, Nobel laureate in Literature (1888-1970)

Shmuel Yosef Agnon[1] (July 17, 1888 – February 17, 1970) was an Israeli writer and winner of the 1966 Nobel Prize in Literature.[2]

Shmuel Yosef Agnon
Shmuel Yosef Agnon, 1945
Shmuel Yosef Agnon, 1945
BornShmuel Yosef Halevi Czaczkes
(1888-07-17)July 17, 1888
Buczacz, Galicia
(now Buchach, Ukraine)
DiedFebruary 17, 1970(1970-02-17) (aged 81)
Jerusalem, Israel
Resting placeMount of Olives Jewish Cemetery
GenreNovels, short stories, poetry
Notable awardsNobel Prize in Literature
SpouseEsther Marx

He was one of the central figures of modern Hebrew fiction. In Hebrew, he is known by the acronym Shai Agnon. In English, his works are published under the name S. Y. Agnon.[3]


  1. Shmuel Yosef Agnon (Hebrew: שמואל יוסף עגנון)
  2., "Shmuel Yosef Agnon"; retrieved 2012-9-18.
  3. " S. Y. Agnon: Books". 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.

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