There is further cause to celebrate Bastille Day as NYRB now has several French history titles with another due this fall. Additionally, Richard Howard was this year’s co-recipient of the French-American Foundation & Florence Gould Foundation Translation Award for When the World Spoke French by Marc Fumaroli.
In his glowing review in the June 9th edition of The Guardian, Nicholas Lezard hails Memoirs of a Revolutionary as “a document that is essential, above all, as a denouncement of oppression, an eye-witness account, written in heat and at speed, but with the talent of a true writer…” He laments only that Memoirs was not published sooner, and concludes, “here it is at last, and anyone who cares about justice and freedom of speech should have a copy.”
May 29th is the birthday of Terence Hanbury White, author of twenty-six published works, including his famed sequence of Arthurian novels, The Once and Future King. NYRB is proud to have in its Classics series The Goshawk, a book in which White chronicles his attempts to train a hawk. White’s Mistress Masham’s Repose, published by The New York Review Children’s Collection, is the story of a ten-year-old girl who discovers a community of Lilliputians living on a deserted island at the far end of her estate. Maria’s discovery leads to a thrilling adventure in this novel of true literary ingenuity.
On Thursday, May 24, the French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation announced the winners of their 25th Annual Translation Prize for excellence in translations of French works into English published in 2011.