Howard Goldblatt

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Howard Goldblatt
ResidenceIndiana, USA
Other names
  • 葛浩文
  • Gé hàowén
Spouse(s)Sylvia Li-chun Lin
Academic background
Alma materIndiana University (PhD)
Academic work

Howard Goldblatt (Chinese: 葛浩文, born 1939) is a literary translator of numerous works of contemporary Chinese (mainland China & Taiwan) fiction, including The Taste of Apples by Huang Chunming and The Execution of Mayor Yin by Chen Ruoxi. Goldblatt also translated works of Chinese novelist and 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Mo Yan,[1] including six of Mo Yan's novels and collections of stories.[2][3] He was a Research Professor of Chinese at the University of Notre Dame from 2002 to 2011.[1]

Goldblatt encountered Chinese for the first time as a young man, during his tour of duty with the US Navy, sent to military base in Taiwan at the beginning of the 1960s. He stayed there and studied at the Mandarin Center for two more years before returning to the US. He then enrolled at the Chinese language program of the San Francisco State University.[4] Goldblatt received a B.A. from Long Beach State College, an M.A. from San Francisco State University in 1971, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1974.[5]



Selected translations[edit]


Edited volumes[edit]

  • Joseph S. M. Lau, Howard Goldblatt, eds. (1996). Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-13841-3.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  • Chairman Mao Would Not Be Amused: Fiction from Today's China. Grove Press. 1996. ISBN 978-0-8021-3449-3.


  1. ^ a b Cohorst, Kate (October 11, 2012). "Professor From Notre Dame Translates Nobel Winner's Novels". University of Notre Dame. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  2. ^ "Works in English translation (including Goldblatt's)". Mo Yan. The Nobel Prize in Literature 2012. Bibliography. The Swedish Academy 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  3. ^ "Howard Goldblatt and Joseph Allen. A Conversation" (available in video and audio formats). University of Minnesota, Institute for Advanced Study. November 27, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  4. ^ Andrea Lingenfelter. "What got you into Chinese...?". Howard Goldblatt on How the Navy Saved His Life. Full Tilt, a journal of East-Asia poetry translation and the arts. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  5. ^ Orbach, Michael. "H.Goldblatt: the foremost Chinese-English translator in the world". Douban. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
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  7. ^ "Howard Goldblatt". Retrieved 2009-01-18.

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