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Shmuel Yosef Agnon
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    (July 17, 1888-February 17, 1970)
    Born in Buchach, Ukraine
    Birth name was Shmuel Yosef Halevi Czaczkes
    Wrote the novels 'The Bridal Canopy' (1931), 'A Simple Story' (1935), 'A Guest for the Night' (1938), 'Only Yesterday' (1945), 'To This Day' (1952) and 'Shira (published posthumously, 1971)
    Short story collections include 'At the Handles of the Lock,' 'Near and Apparent,' 'Thus Far,' 'The Fire and the Wood' and 'Tale of the Goat'
    Co-recipient with Nelly Sachs of the Nobel Prize in Literature (1966)
    He was a vegetarian.
    He used many archaic Hebrew words in his works, making them extra difficult to translate.
    Even after his publisher paid to have a phone installed in his home, he would usually visit a next door neighbor to place calls so he could avoid paying long distance charges.
    When he complained that noise from the traffic outside his home in Jerusalem was disturbing his writing, the city closed the street to cars and posted a 'Writer at Work' sign.
    He collaborated with Martin Buber on anthologizing Hasidic stories.
    While he was living in Bad Homburg, Germany, his house burned down, destroying his rare book collection (1924).
    After moving to Jerusalem, his house and library were again destroyed, this time in a riot by Palestinians (1929).
    He appeared on the Israeli 50 shekel bill (1985).

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