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Avraham Shlonsky
Avraham Shlonsky in 1952
Avraham Shlonsky in 1952
Born (1900-03-06)March 6, 1900
Kryukovo (Poltava Oblast), Russian Empire (today in Ukraine)
Died May 18, 1973(1973-05-18) (aged 73)
Tel Aviv
Occupation poet, writer, playwright, translator, educator
Nationality Israeli (since 1948)
Literary movement Established the Yakhdav group (Hebrew symbolism)
Spouse Lucia Laykin, Mira Horvitz

Avraham Shlonsky (March 6, 1900 – May 18, 1973; Hebrew: אברהם שלונסקי; Russian: Авраам Шлёнский) was a significant and dynamic Israeli poet and editor born in the Russian Empire.

He was influential in the development of modern Hebrew and its literature in Israel through his many acclaimed translations of literary classics, particularly from Russian, as well as his own original Hebrew children's classics. Known for his humor, Shlonsky earned the nickname "Lashonsky" from the wisecrackers of his generation (lashon means "tongue", i.e., "language") for his unusually clever and astute innovations in the newly evolving Hebrew language.

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