Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Bellos mss., ca. 1985-2005, consist of correspondence, notes, manuscript drafts, research files and clippings relating to translations and writings of literary translator and writer David Bellos. Bellos, who is presently a professor of French at Princeton University, has written or translated numerous works in English and French on nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature. He is particularly well-known for his translations of the French novelist and short-story writer Georges Perec. The majority of this collection relates to those translations and to Bellos's biography of George Perec titled Georges Perec: A Life in Words (London: Harvill, 1993). Born in England and educated at Oxford, David Bellos was awarded the IBM France translation prize in 1988 for his translation of Perec's Life: A User's Manual and the Prix de Goncourt de la Biographie in 1994 for his biography Georges Perec: A Life in Words.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Georges Perec; II. Translations of other authors; and, III. Miscellaneous. An inventory of the collection is available.

The first series and largest is related to Bellos's translations and biography of Georges Perec. Series II is translations by Bellos of other authors. Present in this file are drafts and proofs of his translations of Ismail Kadare's The Great Wall and The Successor, as well as notes for and an early draft of Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas. Series III consists of articles and reviews written by Bellos, chiefly for The New York Review of Books, and clippings of reviews of various books written by Bellos.

Gift. 2004, 2006

Collection size: 5,500 items

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.