TOCHNER, MESHULLAM (1912–1966), Israeli literary critic. Born in the Ukraine, Tochner was taken to Bessarabia by his family during World War i. In 1925 he went to Palestine, settling in Jerusalem. He taught at the Teachers' Seminary of Beit ha-Kerem, Jerusalem.
He published literary research articles in Israel's newspapers, literary periodicals, and anthologies, and in the jubilee volumes for S.Y. *Agnon. Tochner was one of the most perceptive critics and interpreters of Agnon's works; Pesher Agnon (1968), a collection of his essays on Agnon, with the addition of critical remarks by D. Sadan, was published posthumously.
S.Y. Agnon et al., 'Al Meshullam Tochner (1967).