Collection ID: LMC 2533
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Bellos, David
The Bellos mss., 1954-2014, consists of correspondence, notes, manuscript drafts, and research files of literary translator and writer David Bellos, 1945-.
10 Boxes
English , French .
Preferred citation:

[Item], Bellos mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Biographical / Historical:

David Bellos (1945- ), writer, translator, and professor of French was born in England and educated at Oxford. He is particularly well-known for his translations of the French novelist and short-story writer Georges Perec. In 1988, he was awarded the IBM France translation prize for his translation of Perec's Life: A User's Manual and the Prix de Goncourt de la Biographie in 1994 for his biography Georges Perec: A Life in Words. Bellos, who is presently a professor of French at Princeton University, has written or translated numerous works in English and French on nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature.

Scope and Content:

Consists of correspondence, notes, manuscript drafts, research files and clippings relating to translations and writings of literary translator and writer David Bellos. The majority of this collection (Series I) relates to his translations and biography of Perec. Series II consists of translations by Bellos of other authors. Present in this file are drafts and proofs of his translations of Ismail Kadare's The Great Wall and The Successor, as well as notes for an early draft of Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas. Series III consists of articles and reviews written by Bellos, chiefly for The New York Review of Books, and clippings of reviews of various books written by Bellos. Series IV consists of additional translations of Georges Perec and other authors, as well as Silvia Morawetz's German translation of Bellos' book Is That a Fish in your Ear?

Acquisition information:
Gift: 2004, 2006

The collection is arranged into the following series: I. Georges Perec, II. Translations of other authors, III. Miscellaneous, and IV. 2018 Additions

Physical location:
ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility)



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[Item], Bellos mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

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