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Norbert Guterman (1900–1984) was a scholar, and translator of scholarly and literary works from French, Polish and Latin into English. His translations were remarkable for their range of subject matter and high quality.
In the 1930s, Guterman worked closely with French
Marxist theorist Henri Lefebvre in popularizing the Marxist notions of alienation and mystification. They published translations of Marx's early works, which were often the first publications of these works in any language. [1 ]
Guterman, who was Jewish, moved to the
United States, where he became an editor of the left-wing journal, . He later converted to Monthly Review Hassidic Judaism. [2 ]
His papers are kept in the Butler Library of
Select list of translations [ edit ]
Max Raphael, Prehistoric Cave Paintings, New York, Pantheon, 1945
Bella Chagall, Burning Lights, illustrated by Marc Chagall, New York, Schocken Books, 1946.
Kazimierz Wierzyński, The Life and Death of Chopin, foreword by Arthur Rubinstein, New York, Simon and Schuster, 1949.
Sainte-Beuve, Selected Essays, translated from the French with Francis Steegmuller, Garden City, Doubleday & Co., 1963
Eugene Field, Papillot, Clignot et Dodo, freely translated into French with Eugene Field's Wynken, Blynken, and Nod Francis Steegmuller, illustrated by Barbara Cooney, New York, Ariel Books, 1964 Norbert Guterman,
A Book of French Quotations with English Translations, New York, Doubleday, 1965.
F.W.J. Schelling, On University Studies, Ohio University Press, 1966.
Kazimierz Michałowski, Art of Ancient Egypt, translated and adapted from the Polish and the French, New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1968.
Henri Lefebvre, The Sociology of Marx, New York, Pantheon Books, 1968.
Leszek Kołakowski, The Alienation of Reason: A History of Positivist Thought, Anchor, 1969. Subsequently reissued as Positivist Philosophy from Hume to the Vienna Circle.
Paracelsus, Selected Writings, edited by Jolande Jacobi, 2nd, rev. ed., Princeton University Press, 1973.
, collected by Russian Fairy Tales Alexander Afanasyev, Pantheon, 1976. Norbert Guterman, compiler,
The Anchor Book of Latin Quotations, Anchor, reprint ed., 1990.
Marek Hłasko, The Eighth Day of the Week, reprint ed., Northwestern University Press, 1994.
References [ edit ]
^ Rob Shields, Lefebvre, Love, and Struggle: Spatial Dialectics, Routledge, 1999.
^ Shields, pp. 16, 21.