About the Author
Ann Lenore Derrickson, the translator of this novel by French writer Marguerite Duras, has stepped outside her normal scholarly precincts with this book. Up to now, she has worked thoroughly within the canon of English literature, writing and presenting poetry and papers on Shakespeare s Ophelia, Yeats, Virginia Woolf, and the medieval Gawain poet, among others, at such venues as Comitatus, The National Book of Poetry, The Philological Association of the Pacific Coast, and the Modern Language Association.
This scholarly reputation has been fully earned. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Ann Derrickson earned her B.A. from Harvard University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Now she is moving into working with modern European fiction, a major shift in fields.
Asked why she selected this book, she said, ''The themes interest me and make it a good work to translate.''