Breon Mitchell

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Breon Mitchell
Born 1942
Salina, Kansas
Occupation Professor, translator
Language English
Nationality American
Education PhD
Alma mater

University of Kansas

Oxford University
Subject Germanic Studies
Notable works Translation of "The Trial" and "The Tin Drum"
Spouse Lynda Mitchell
Children Catherine Allen, Kieron Mitchell, Kerry Mitchell

Breon Mitchell (born Bert Breon Mitchell; 1942) is a (retired) American professor of Germanic Studies and translator. He was a Professor of Germanic Studies, chair of the Comparative Literature Department, and Director of the Lilly Library of Indiana University.[1] He has translated a number of notable German works into English including The Trial by Franz Kafka, The God of Impertinence by Sten Nadolny, Shadowlife by Martin Grzimek, The Silent Angel by Heinrich Böll, Laura's Skin by J.F. Federspiel, and The Color of the Snow by Rüdiger Kremer, and The Tin Drum by Günter Grass (2009).[1][2] Mitchell translated and then revised What Must Be Said in April 2012.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Breon Mitchell was born on August 9, 1942 in Salina, Kansas to John Charles II and Maxine Mitchell. He has a brother John Charles III and late brother Tim. He has three children with his wife Lynda: Catherine, Kieron, and Kerry. Breon lives in Ellettsville, Indiana. He retired from Indiana University in early 2013, and there received the President's Distinguished Service Medal award. He enjoys watching the Indianapolis Colts, guest lecturing around the world, talking to his granddaughters Maddie and Molly, and collecting rare books.


  1. ^ a b "Breon Mitchell". Indiana University. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Breon Mitchell: "Retranslating 'The Tin Drum'"". Stanford University. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Günter Grass: 'What Must Be Said'". London: The Guardian. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012.