Amos Oz

Author, Professor of Literature

Amos Oz is an Israeli writer, novelist, and journalist. He is one of Israel's most respected authors, receiving critical and public acclaim both locally and internationally. He is a professor of literature at Ben-Gurion University in Be'er Sheva and regularly publishes essays on the subjects of politics, literature, and peace. He wrote extensively for the Israeli Labor newspaper Davar and now writes for Yedioth Ahronoth and other publications worldwide, including the New York Review of Books. Since 1967, he has been a prominent advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He was one of the founders of Peace Now and is regarded by many as the most eloquent spokesperson of the Zionist left.

Oz studied philosophy and literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2008, he received an Honorary Degree from the University of Antwerp. He also received the Dan David prize in 2008 for "Creative Rendering of the Past." Oz has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University and writer-in-residence at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Colorado College, among others. He has published 12 novels, three books of short stories, seven books of essays, and a children's book. In 1991 he was elected a full member of the Academy of the Hebrew Language.