Nobel Prize laureate Shmuel Yosef Agnon was a novelist, short story writer, and poet born on this day July 17, 1888 in Buczacz, Austria-Hungary.
“He longed for it to be winter. A cold wind would blow, the sea would pound, and he would rise cheerful and fit from a delicious sleep beneath warm blankets. Then would come days in which he would write his great novel. The kettle would boil and hot coffee would froth in his cup. In the garden the citron would flower beneath a brilliant moon, its branches dripping fragrance. The starry sky would sweeten the soft silence and Hemdat would pour the dew of his soul into the sea-blue night.”-S.Y. Agnon, A Book that Was Lost: and Other Stories