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Bernofsky mss., 1993-2007

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
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Bernofsky, Susan.

Bernofsky mss., 1993-2007

Collection No.
LMC 2577

45 items

Materials are in English.

The Bernofsky mss., circa 1993-2007, consist of correspondence, manuscripts and proofs of translator Susan Bernofsky.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Bernofsky has an MFA in fiction writing from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. She has translated contemporary and classical fiction by Ludwig Harig, Herman Hesse and Robert Walser and was the recipient of the 2006 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for Outstanding Translation from German into English for her translation of Jenny Erpenbeck's The Old Child and Other Stories.


Arranged alphabetically by author, followed by computer discs. One folder per title unless otherwise indicated.

Scope and Content Note

The manuscript and proofs for her translation of Jenny Erpenbeck's The Old child and other stories are among the papers. Also present are drafts, proofs, etc. of her work Foreign words: Translator-authors in the age of Goethe.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 2007.
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Bernofsky mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Staff.

Completed in 2013

Bernofsky, Susan. Foreign Words: Translator-Authors in the Age of Goethe. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2005.  Final draft with corrections, changes, insertions; copy-edited manuscript; corrected proofs.

(9 folders)

Erpenbeck, Jenny. The Book of Words. New York: New Directions, 2007. Final manuscript with some corrections and deletions.

Erpenbeck, Jenny. The Old Child and Other Stories. New York: New Directions, 2005.  Correspondence with Erpenbeck; correspondence with New Directions; copy edited manuscript; corrected proofs.

(6 folders)

Frielinghaus, Helmut. Various German texts about 9/11 by Frielinghaus, published in the Neue Zuricher Zeitung in September 2001, and then sent to Bernofsky in July 2006.

Harig, Ludwig. The Trip to Bordeaux. Providence, RI: Burning Deck, 2003. Correspondence; proofs

(2 folders)

Kermani, Navid. "Remember the Day of Celebration, That it be Kept Holy." From Du sollst. Zurich: Ammann Verlag, 2005.

Politycki, Matthias. Lord of the Horns—Chapter 1: "A Pale Fleck in One Eye." Correspondence; three drafts and suggested revisions by author.

(2 folders)

Schleiermacher, Friedrich. "Over the various methods of Translation." 2 drafts with numerous corrections and changes.

Walser, Robert. The Assistant. New York: New Directions, 2007. Copy-edited manuscript; page proofs with corrections.

(5 folders)

Various 3.5" diskettes containing backups and drafts of various translations by Bernofsky between 1993 and 1998.