Karen Brazell (c. 1938 – January 18, 2012) was an American professor and translator of Japanese literature. Her English language edition of The Confessions of Lady Nijō won a U.S. National Book Award in category Translation.
Karen Brazell held a PhD from Columbia University, and was, until her death, Goldwin Smith Professor Emeritus of Japanese Literature and Theatre at Cornell University. She died in 2012 at the age of 73.
Translations and editions
- Karen Brazell (trans), The Confessions of Lady Nijo. A Zenith book, published by Arrow Books Ltd., London, 1983. ISBN 0-600-20813-3
- Karen Brazell (Editor), James T. Araki (Translator) Traditional Japanese Theater: An Anthology of Plays (Translations from the Asian Classics Series), 1998. ISBN 0-231-10873-7
- Karen Brazell (Editor), Traditional Japanese Theater: An Anthology of Plays, Columbia University Press, 1999
- "National Book Awards – 1974". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
There was a "Translation" award from 1967 to 1983.
- "Pynchon, Singer share book award". The Montreal Gazette. 22 April 1974. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
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- "Karen Brazell Obituary: View Karen Brazell's Obituary by Ithaca Journal". Legacy.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
- "Karen Brazell." Pre-Modern Japanese Studies Listserve. 19 January 2012.