Books: Tenants of the Past

THE BRIDAL CANOPY by S. Y. Agnon. 389 pages. Schocken Books. $5.95.

IN THE HEART OF THE SEAS by S. Y. Agnon. 128 pages. Schocken Books. $3.95.

TWO TALES by S. Y. Agnon. 237 pages. Schocken Books. $4.95.

QUIET. AGNON is WRITING, reads a street sign in Talpioth, a fir-shaded suburb of Jerusalem. It honors the solitude of Israel's most beloved and most retiring author, Shmuel Yosef Agnon, 78, who until recently was almost unknown in the West. Lately, a steady tide of visitors has disobeyed the sign and trespassed on the austere hospitality of his...

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