Suzanne Jill Levine

Suzanne Jill Levine [1] is an American writer, poet,[2] literary translator, critic and scholar. [3]

Suzanne Jill Levine
New York City, New York, USA
OccupationWriter, poet, literary translator, critic, scholar
Academic background
Alma materVassar College (BA), Columbia University (MA), New York University (PhD)
Academic work
Discipline[Latin American Literature[Literary Translation studies]]

Levine was born in New York City where she studied piano at Juilliard and went to Music & Art High School.

She earned a BA at Vassar College in 1967,[1] an MA at Columbia University in 1969,[1][2] and a PhD at New York University in 1977.[1][4] A scholar of Latin American Literature, her books include one of the first studies of Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude (1975) and Guia de Bioy Casares (1982), both published in Spanish. She is also a leading specialist in Translation Studies (her book The Subversive Scribe (1991) was influential on the development of translation theory in the USA and elsewhere) and Comparative Literature. Aside from two poetry chapbooks and hundreds of entries in major anthologies and journals of her work as essayist, poet and translator of a vast range of writers including Silvina Ocampo, Clarice Lispector and Cecilia Vicuna, she has published over forty booklength translations of key works by major Latin American authors. Some of her best known translations include works by Jorge Luis Borges,[3] Manuel Puig, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Carlos Fuentes, Jose Donoso, Julio Cortazar and Guillermo Cabrera Infante.[5] She wrote the biography Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman: His Life and Fictions (2001), published by FSG (Faber & Faber; paperback: the University of Wisconsin Press).

Levine is an honorary member of IAPTI.[6] and, aside from the selected list, she has been recipient of numerous grants and awards from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and for the Humanities (NEH)

Awards (selection)Edit

  • PEN Center USA's Translation Award 2012[7]
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship 1997
  • PEN American Gregory Kolovakis Award in Hispanic Letters 1996
  • Rockefeller Fellow, Villa Serbelloni Residency, Lake Como 1998


  1. ^ a b c d "Contemporary Authors Online". Biography in Context. Gale. 2005. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Suzanne Jill Levine, poet
  3. ^ a b Bio of Suzanne Jill Levine
  4. ^ Suzanne Jill Levine, PhD
  5. ^ An Interview with Suzanne Jill Levine
  6. ^ CV of Suzanne Jill Levine
  7. ^ PEN Center USA's Translation Award

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