We've pleased to present the five outstanding translations that have been selected for this year's Shortlist.
The following titles, all published in the USA or Canada in 2021, were submitted for consideration for this year's prize.
Shelley Frisch, jury chair of the Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize, reflects on the 25 year history of the prize in 2021, its significance to literature in translation, and its role in honoring the Wolff family’s extraordinary legacy in publishing.
Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize
Alexander Wolff, grandson of Kurt Wolff and author of Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape, and Home, elucidates his grandfather's perennial undertaking to establish himself as a publisher on both sides of the Atlantic.
Kurt Wolff, 1887-1963
Kurt Wolff, joined later by his wife Helen, was one of the most outstanding and innovative publishers in Germany of the 1920s. Helen and Kurt Wolff immigrated to New York in 1941, and founded Pantheon Books, a publishing house devoted mainly to the translation of German and other European literature.
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