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Shmuel Yosef Agnon - Life, Works, Writings published during his life, His special language

Novelist, born in Buczacz, Poland (now Buchach, W Ukraine). He went to Palestine in 1907, studied in Berlin (1913–24), then settled permanently in Jerusalem and changed his surname to Agnon. He wrote in Hebrew an epic trilogy of novels on Eastern Jewry in the early 20th-c: their translated titles are Bridal Canopy (1931), A Guest for the Night (1939), and Days Gone By (1945). He is also known for several volumes of short stories. In 1966 he became the first Israeli to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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