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Mercier, Lewis Page

Entry updated 26 June 2020. Tagged: Author.

(1820-1875) UK minister, schoolmaster and translator, signing as Mercier Lewis and Louis Mercier; it has been surmised that a combination of career and financial difficulties forced him into the translation trade, and these pressures plus ill health may explain the occasional shoddiness of (and frequent cuts to) his translations of Jules Verne novels; the frequency with which they were reprinted remains anomalous. The degree to which his translations were actually completed by his "assistant" Eleanor Elizabeth King (1938-    ) is unknown. [JC]

Reverend Lewis Page Mercier

born London: 9 January 1820

died London: 2 November 1875

works as translator (selected)

  • Jules Verne. The American Gun Club (New York: Scribner, Armstrong and Co, 1874) with Eleanor B King [trans of De la Terre à la Lune: Trajet direct en 97 heures 20 minutes (1865): hb/]
  • Jules Verne. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas (London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, and Searle, 1872) [trans of Vingt Mille Lieues sous les mers (1870): hb/]


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