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Francis Steegmuller
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Francis Steegmuller (July 3, 1906 – October 20, 1994) was an American biographer, translator and fiction writer, who was known chiefly as a Flaubert scholar.

Life and career

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Steegmuller graduated from Columbia University in 1927. He contributed numerous short stories and articles to The New Yorker and also wrote under the pseudonyms of Byron Steel and David Keith. He won two National Book Awards—one in 1971 for Arts and Letters for his biography of Jean Cocteau (Cocteau: A Biography),"National Book Awards – 1971". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-10. another in 1981 for Translation for the first volume of Flaubert's selected letters (The Letters of Gustave Flaubert 1830-1857)"National Book Awards – 1981". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-10.—and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal. His first wife was Beatrice Stein, a painter who was a pupil and friend of Jacques Villon; she died in 1961. He married the writer Shirley Hazzard in 1963. His collected papers are held at two universities: at Yale University, the James Jackson Jarves (1818–1888) Papers and the Francis Steegmuller Collection for Jacques Villon; at Columbia University, the Francis Steegmuller Papers 1877–1979.WEB, Francis Steegmuller Papers 1877-1979, Columbia University Libraries,weblink 2006-05-22, He died in New York.

Works

Nonfiction

Translations

Novels

  • O Rare Ben Jonson (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1928 under the name Byron Steel)
  • A Matter of Iodine (New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1940 under the name David Keith)
  • A Matter of Accent (New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1943 under the name David Keith)
  • States of Grace (New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1946)
  • The Blue Harpsichord (New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1949 under the name David Keith)
  • The Christening Party (New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1960)
  • Silence at Salerno: A comedy of intrigue (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1978)

Short stories

  • French Follies and Other Follies: 20 stories from The New Yorker (New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1946)

Travel books

Magazine and newspaper articles

Quotations

  • "I’m told that when Auden died, they found his Oxford [English Dictionary] all but clawed to pieces. That is the way a poet and his dictionary should come out."WEB, Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations, No.7532,weblink Francis Steegmuller, New York Times, 26 March 1980, 2007-01-29,

See also

References

Further reading

Correspondence

Biographical references

Many of the pages cited below can be read on Google Books if you click on the title of the book.

External links

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