Natan Alterman was an Israeli poet, playwright, journalist, and translator who – though never holding any elected office – was highly influential in Socialist Zionist politics, both before and after the establishment of the State of Israel
He was born in Warsaw. In 1925 he moved to Tel Aviv where he attended the Herzliya Gymnasia (high school). He studied agronomy in France and upon his return to Palestine he devoted himself to his career as a writer.
Although Alterman is primarily known as a lyricist, his literary talents extended to other genres as well: he wrote theater plays, short sketches, childrens’ books, newspaper columns and translated Shakespeare, Moliere and Racine into Hebrew. For his translations he received many prizes, and in 1968 he was awarded the Israel Prize for his contribution to Israeli literature.
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Alterman received many prizes during his lifetime, among
which were Tchernichovsky
Prize for exemplary works of translation in 1946
for “Phaedra” by Jean Racine and “The Merry Wives of Windsor” by Shakespeare,
and in 1967 for his translations of plays by Molière; Ruppin Prize in 1947 for
his book “Simchat Anyim”; The Bialik Prize for fiction in 1957; Israel Prize
for fiction for his complete works in 1968.