Robert Baldick

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Robert André Edouard Baldick, FRSL (9 November 1927 – April 1972),[1] was a British scholar of French literature, writer, translator and joint editor of the Penguin Classics series with Betty Radice. He was a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford.

He wrote eight books including biographies of Joris-Karl Huysmans, Frédérick Lemaître and Henry Murger and a history of the Siege of Paris. In addition he edited and translated The Goncourt Journals and other classics of French literature including works by Gustave Flaubert, Chateaubriand, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jules Verne, and Henri Barbusse, as well as a number of novels by Georges Simenon.

His sons are Julian Baldick, an author specialising in Sufism, and English academic Chris Baldick.


  • The Life of Joris Karl Huysmans. (Published originally by Oxford University Press, 1955. New edition revised by Brendan King, Dedalus Books 2006)
  • Dinner at Magny's (Published by Victor Gollancz, London) [2]
  • The Life and Times of Frédérick Lemaître (Published by Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Goncourts (Published by Bowes and Bowes)
  • The First Bohemian: The Life of Henry Murger (Published by Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Siege of Paris (Published by Batsford)
  • The Duel: A History of Duelling (Published by Chapman and Hall)
  • The Memoirs of Chateaubriand (Edited, translated and published by Hamish Hamilton)
  • Pages from the Goncourt Journal (Edited and translated by Oxford University Press)
  • Memoirs (Chateaubriand - Translator from French to English)
  • Nausea (Sartre - Translator from French to English)
  • Pages from The Goncourt Journal (Translator from French to English)
  • Sentimental Education (Flaubert - Translator from French to English)
  • Three Tales (Flaubert - Translator from French to English)
  • Against Nature (Huysmans - Translator from French to English)
  • Hell (Barbusse - Translator from French to English)
  • Aphrodite (1972) from Aphrodite: mœurs antiques by Pierre Louÿs (Translator from French to English)[3]

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  1. ^ O'Driscoll, Kieran (2011), Retranslation Through the Centuries: Jules Verne in English, Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 151–152
  2. ^ Biographical detail taken from a copy Dinner at Magny's, published by Gollancz in 1971
  3. ^ London: Panther. ISBN 0-586-03517-6.