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Alice Kaplan is the John M. Musser Professor of French at Yale
University. Her first book, Reproductions of Banality (1986), was
a theoretical exploration of French fascism. Since then she has
published books on Céline’s anti-semitic pamphlets (Sources et
citations dans ‘Bagatelles pour un massacre’), on the treason trial
of Robert Brasillach (The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of
Robert Brasillach), and on American courts-martial in newly
liberated France (The Interpreter). The Interpreter was
the recipient of the 2005 Henry Adams Prize from the Society for History
in the Federal Government; The Collaborator was awarded the 2001
Los Angeles Times Book Award in History and was a finalist for the
National Book Award and National Book Critic’s Circle awards.
She is probably best known for her 1993 memoir, French Lessons,
which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award in
biography/autobiography. Her literary translations include books by
Roger Grenier (Piano Music for Four Hands, Another November, and
The Difficulty of Being a Dog), Louis Guilloux (OK, Joe),
and Evelyne Bloch-Dano (Madame Proust).
Awards and Special Recognition...
Winner of the Henry Adams Prize, from the Society for History in the
Photography by Catherine Heliel