The Bridal Canopy

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The Bridal Canopy (Hebrew: הכנסת כלה, Hakhnasat Kallah), a novel by Shmuel Yosef Agnon, is considered to be one of the first classics of modern Hebrew literature. In 1966, Agnon shared the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first author to do so writing in modern Hebrew.


Agnon's novel describes the fictional wanderings of Reb Yudel through the Jewish villages of Galicia at the beginning of the 19th century, in search of a bridegroom and a dowry for his daughter. A modern critic described Agnon's fictional Reb Yudel as "naively pious."[1] Others have characterized the fictional Reb Yudel as a Jewish archetype of Don Quixote.[2]

Avraham Holtz has explored the roots of Agnon's central character in a character from Yiddish folklore, Reb Yudel Hasid.[3]

The English translation by Israel Meir Lask was published in 1967.[4]


  1. ^ Fisch, Harold (Autumn 1970). "The Dreaming Narrator in S. Y. Agnon". Novel: A Forum on Fiction. Novel, Vol. 4, No. 1. 4 (1): 49–68. doi:10.2307/1345251. JSTOR 1345251.
  2. ^ Liukkonen, Petri. "Shmuel (Yosef) Agnon". Books and Writers ( Finland: Kuusankoski Public Library. Archived from the original on 16 April 2007.
  3. ^ Band, Arnold J. (Fall 2003). "Holtz's Annotated Edition of Agnon's Hakhnasat kallah". Prooftexts. 23 (3): 397–407. doi:10.1353/ptx.2004.0002.
  4. ^ Ben-Dov, Nitza (1993). Agnon's Art of Indirection: Uncovering Latent Content in the Fiction of S.Y. Agnon. BRILL. p. 6.