Yehuda Amichai

A profile of the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000)

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In the 1970s the English poet Ted Hughes made Amichai's work known to English and American readers. Amichai died in Jerusalem on September 22, 2000. He was married twice: first to Tamar Horn, with whom he had one son, and then to Chang Sokolov; they had one son and one daughter. Amichai's works have been translated into some 30 languages and appeared in a number of anthologies. "He should have won the Nobel Prize in any of the last 20 years," wrote Jonathan Wilson in The New York Times (December 10, 2000), "but he knew that as far as the Scandinavian judges were concerned, and whatever his personal politics, which were indubitably on the dovish side, he came from the wrong side of the stockade."

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