Born Gerhard Mandel in Vienna, Austria, he immigrated to Mandate Palestine alone in 1939, and was later followed by his parents. He attended Gymnasia Herzliya in Tel Aviv. He hebraicized his surname to "Shaked"(almond). He was married to Malka, and had two daughters.
In 1950, Shaked studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he earned a doctorate in Hebrew literature in 1964 and later chaired the Department of Hebrew Literature. In addition to his many publications in Hebrew, he also wrote more than thirty books of criticism in other languages.
- 1987: Bialik Prize for Jewish thought.
- 1993: Israel Prize for Hebrew literature.
- 2004: Bahat Award for Non-Fiction.
Works in English
- The New Tradition: Essays on Modern Hebrew Literature. Hebrew Union College Press/ Wayne State University Press, 2006
- Modern Hebrew Fiction. Indiana University Press, 2000.
- Shmuel Yosef Agnon: A Revolutionary Traditionalist. New York University Press, 1989.
- The Shadows Within: Essays on the Modern Jewish Writers. Jewish Publication Society, 1987.
- 8 Great Hebrew Short Novels. Toby Press, 2005
- Six Israeli Novellas, David R. Godine, 2002
- Lev-Ari, Shiri. "Israel Prize winner literary critic Gershon Shaked dies, aged 77." Haaretz. December 29, 2006. Par. 1-3 .
- "List of Bialik Prize recipients 1933-2004 (in Hebrew), Tel Aviv Municipality website" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-17.
- "Israel Prize Official Site - Recipients in 1993 (in Hebrew)". Archived from the original on 2014-10-12.
- Lev-Ari, Par. 4 .
- An Unhearalded Zionist - Article on Shaked from Commentary Magazine.