Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Weaver, W. mss., 1954–1988, consist of the notebooks, manuscript drafts, typescripts, galley proofs, correspondence and related material of William Weaver (b. 1923), literary translator and critic. William Weaver is best known as a distinguished translator of Italian fiction, including works by Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino, Giorgio Bassani, Primo Levi, Carlo Emilio Gadda, and Italo Svevo, among many others. In addition to prose works, he has translated Italian poetry and written major monographs on Puccini and Verdi. His awards for literary translation include The Lewis Galantiere Prize, the National Book Award for Translation, the PEN/Book–of–the–Month Club Translation Prize, and the John Florio Prize. Weaver was born in Virginia and educated at Princeton, where he received his B.A. degree summa cum laude in 1946, followed by postgraduate study at the University of Rome in 1949. He served as an ambulance driver in Italy during WWII, and continued to live primarily in Italy after the end of the war. In later years, Weaver came to Bard College, where he served as a professor of literature. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Leicester in the UK, and Trinity College in Connecticut.

Acquired: 2001

Collection size: 6,600 items

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Related manuscripts: Weaver, W. mss. II

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