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Anthea Bell Papers

Identifier: CLRC-78

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the typescripts and related production materials for four titles translated by Anthea Bell. All of the books were translated from German, including There, Far Beyond the River, which was originally published in Russian by I︠U︡riĭ Korinet︠s︡ and translated into German by Hans Baumann (Bell's edition was translated from the Baumann edition). Other titles in the collection include Bell's translations of Conrad (Konrad by Christine Nöstlinger), The Satanic Mill (Krabat by Otfried Preussler), and The Proud White Cat (Der stolze weisse Kater by Ruth Hürlimann.


  • circa 1973- circa 1977


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Anthea Bell was born in Sudbury, Suffolk, England in 1936. She received her BA at Oxford University in 1957 and her MA at the same institution in 1962. Since 1958 she worked as a freelance translator (primarily from German, French, and Danish), adapter and writer for children's and adult books. She is best known for her translations of the French Asterix comics. Bell's translations have won numerous awards, including four Batchelder awards and four honors. She was appointer Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010.


4 folders

Language of Materials



The collection consists of the production materials for four titles translated from German by Anthea Bell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Anthea Bell

Anthea Bell Papers, circa 1973- circa 1977
Nancy Larsen
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Revision Statements

  • June 2018: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library