Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Hebrew Translation Workshop mss., 1971-2006, consist of papers relating to the event, which began in London in 1971 and was known initially as the "Hebrew Poetry Workshop." The Workshop met twice yearly, mainly in London but sometimes in Cambridge or Yarton, near Oxford, until the death of one of its primary organizers, Risa Domb (1937-2007).

Founded on the initiative of Professor Raphael Loewe of Cambridge, the Hebrew Translation Workshop was run by Professor Nicholas de Lange and in later years by the aforementioned Risa Domb, University Lecturer in Modern Hebrew at Cambridge University and Life Fellow of Girton College. The Workshop provided a collegial atmosphere in which the participants could discuss their own translations of texts in both Hebrew and English, helping both to promote Israeli literature and raise the level of literary translation from Hebrew. Early participants included among others Bernard Lewis, David Daiches, Peter Jay, Peter Levi, Benjamin Tammuz, Leon Yudkin, and Anthony Rudolf. Many of the translations were subsequently published.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Meeting Records; II. Correspondence.

Meeting Records consist mainly of notes, handouts, readings, and lists of attendees of sessions held from 1971-2006; also included is a "Workshop Index" listing pieces discussed at the 1971-1981 sessions. Correspondents include Nicholas de Lange, Ram Evron, Raphael Loewe, M.J. Popplewell, and E. Silberschlag. Both English- and Hebrew-language materials are in the collection.

An inventory is available.

Acquired: 2011

Related manuscripts: De Lange mss.

Collection size: 2,000 items

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