Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Hutchins mss. consists of manuscripts, proofs, correspondence and other material related to translations from the Arabic by William Maynard Hutchins (b. 1944), Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Appalachian State University.

Hutchins graduated from Yale University 1964, where he majored in art history. He obtained an M.A. in Philosophy (1967) and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages (1971) from the University of Chicago. After positions with the Encyclopedia Britannica, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, the University of Ghana, and Harvard University, he joined the faculty of Appalachian State University in 1978.

Hutchins's best-known work is his translation of the Cairo Trilogy by Egyptian Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz. In addition, he has translated a variety of Arabic authors: Tawfiq al-Hakim, Ibrahim 'Abd al-Qadir al-Mazini, Muhammad Salmawy, al-Jahiz, Nawal El-Saadawi, Muhammad Khudayyir, Ibrahim al-Koni, Fadhil Al-Azzawi, Hassan Nasr, and others. Hutchins has twice received U.S. National Endowment for the Arts grants in literary translation, most recently for New Waw by Ibrahim al-Koni.

Acquired: 2002-2011

Collection size: 425 items

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