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Crampton, Patricia

Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1925-2016) Indian-born translator, in UK from 1930. As chair of the Translators Association, she contributed importantly to the argument that translators were essential contributors to the world of literature in general, and that in specific they should not be asked to work for flat rates, without hope of royalties, or of sharing revenues from the PLR (Public Lending Right) after it was created in the UK in 1979. After working as a translator in 1947 at the Nuremberg trials of Germans accused of war crimes during World War Two, she concentrated over her long career on translating children's books, usually for young audiences, including work by Dick Bruna (1927-2017) and Astrid Lindgren 1907-20020; none are yet listed in this encyclopedia. Authors given entries here whose adult work she translated include Peter Dubina, Gudrun Pausewang and Sven Christer Swahn. [JC]

Patricia Elizabeth Cardew Crampton

born Bombay, India: 12 December 1925

died Calne, Wiltshire: 1 December 2016

works translated (highly selected)


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