Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Although it is for his more than two hundred short stories that he has gained worldwide renown, Shmuel Yosef Agnon is also a talented novelist. Three of his novels—Hakhnasat kala (1931; The Bridal Canopy, 1937), Bi-levav yamin: Sipur agadah (1935; In the Heart of the Seas: A Story of a Journey to the Land of Israel, 1947), and Oreach nata lalun (1939, 1950; A Guest for the Night, 1968)—have been published in a twelve-volume set. English translations of his other novels include T’mol shilshom (1945), Sipur pashut (1935; A Simple Story, 1985), and Shirah (1971; Shira, 1989). In collaboration with Martin Buber, he collected Hasidic tales; among his nonfiction works are Yamim nora’im (1938; Days of Awe, 1948), a compilation of learned commentaries on the holidays, and Atem re’item (1959; Present at Sinai: The Giving of the Law, 1994). In 1916, he copublished a book of Polish legends, and later he founded and coedited a journal in Berlin.