SY Agnon's library.
(photo credit: Beit Agnon)
Shmuel Yosef Agnon is considered by many to be the father of modern Hebrew
literature. His stories and novels have enveloped the Jewish people for more
than a century. Agnon’s first book, And the Crooked Shall Be Made Straight, was
published exactly 100 years ago by the Labor Zionist newspaper Hapoel Hatzair in
1912. Published in installments, the book was Agnon’s ticket to the literary
world, one which was filled with a uniquely biblical language that colored the
characters and scenes of stories rooted in both Eastern Europe and the modern
State of Israel.Agnon wrote over 1,000 stories in his lifetime, some as
long as 500 pages and others just a page, most of which were published after he
died. But like every great writer, there stands behind Agnon an array of people
and places that have contributed to his lasting influence and success in the
world of literature.
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