Alan Sheridan

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Alan Sheridan (1934 - 2015) was an English author and translator.


Born Alan Mark Sheridan-Smith, Sheridan studied English at St Catharine's College, Cambridge before spending 5 years in Paris as English assistant at Lycée Henri IV and Lycée Condorcet.[1] Returning to London, he briefly worked in publishing before becoming a freelance translator. He translated works of fiction, history, philosophy, literary criticism, biography and psychoanalysis by Jean-Paul Sartre, Jacques Lacan, Michel Foucault, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Robert Pinget and many others. He was the first to publish a book in English on Foucault's work and also wrote a biography of André Gide.

Sheridan occasionally contributed to the London Review of Books in the 1980s.[2]



(incomplete list)

  • Robert Pinget, Mahu or the Material, 1966
  • Raymond Radiguet, The Devil in the Flesh: A Novel, 1968
  • Philippe Sollers, The Park: A Novel, 1968
  • Alain Robbe-Grillet, The Immortal One. London: Calder & Boyars, 1971
  • Georges Balandier, Political Anthropology, 1972
  • Michel Foucault, The Birth of the Clinic, 1973
  • Lucien Goldmann, Towards a Sociology of the Novel. New York: Tavistock Publications, 1974
  • Michel Foucault, Mental Illness and Psychology. New York: Harper and Row, 1976
  • Michel Foucault, The Archaeology of Knowledge, 1976
  • Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, 1976
  • Jean-Paul Sartre, Critique of Dialectical Reason, 1976
  • Manuel Castells, The Urban Question: A Marxist Approach. London: Edward Arnold, 1977
  • Jacques Lacan, The Seminar, Book XI, The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, London: Hogarth, 1976, reprinted by Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1993.
  • Jacques Lacan, Écrits: A Selection, 1977
  • Sébastien Japrisot, One Deadly Summer. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980. ISBN 0-15-169381-1
  • Pierre Petitfils, Rimbaud, 1987
  • Michel Foucault, Politics, Philosophy, Culture: Interviews and Other Writings, 1977-1984, ed. Lawrence D. Kritzmann, 1988
  • Tahar Ben Jelloun, The Sand Child, 1989
  • Michel Tournier, Gilles & Jeanne, 1990
  • Tahar Ben Jelloun, The Sacred Night, 1991
  • Jean Lacouture, De Gaulle: The Ruler, 1945-1970, 1991. ISBN 0-393-03084-9
  • Agota Kristof, The Notebook, 1989
  • Abdelwahab Bouhdiba, Sexuality in Islam, 1998


  • Vacation, 1972
  • Time and Place, 2003


  • Michel Foucault: The Will to Truth (1980)
  • André Gide: A Life in the Present (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1999)


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