KENAANI, DAVID (1912–1982), Hebrew essayist and editor. Born in Warsaw, Kenaani was an active member of Ha-Shomer ha-Ẓa'ir. He settled in Ereẓ Israel in 1934 and joined kibbutz Merḥavyah. He began his literary career in the journal Ha-Shomer ha-Ẓa'ir in Warsaw in 1932, and wrote extensively on social and literary subjects in the Israel press from a left socialist-Zionist point of view. His books include: Le-Nogah Eẓ Rakav, an examination of U.Z. Greenberg's poetry (1950); Beinam le-Vein Zemannam, essays on modern Hebrew literature (1955); and Battei Middot, essays on communal life (1960). He edited, among other publications, a historical atlas (1954); an anthology of Hebrew and Yiddish literature in the past 100 years (1954); an anthology on Soviet Jewry (with A. Shimri, 1957), and the Hebrew edition of *Zinberg's History of Jewish Literature (6 vols., 1955–60). He was principal editor of an encyclopedia of the social sciences Enẓiklopedyah le-Madda'ei ha-Ḥevrah (5 vols., 1962–70).
Kressel, Leksikon, 2 (1967), 142.