Construction Literary Magazine

Fall 2019

Burton Pike

Burton Pike is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and German at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has also taught at the University of Hamburg, Germany, Cornell, Queens and Hunter Colleges of CUNY, and was a Visiting Professor at Yale. He has had a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a member of the PEN Translation Committee. He edited and co-translated Robert Musil: Selected Writings (Continuum, 1986), Precision and Soul: Essays and Addresses by Robert Musil (Chicago, 1990), and The Man without Qualities (Knopf, 1995), which was awarded a special citation by the PEN/Book of the Month Club Prize. He translated and wrote the introduction to Goethe's novel The Sorrows of Young Werther (Modern Library, 2004), and translated and wrote the introduction to Rilke's novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Dalkey Archive Press, 2008). His translations of prose and poetry from German and French have appeared in Fiction, Grand Street,Conjunctions, Chicago Review, and other magazines. He recently received the 2012 Helen and Kurt Wolff translation prize for the best translation of a literary work from German published in 2011, for his translation of the Swiss German novel Isle of the Dead by Gerhard Meier (Dalkey Archive).

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