PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation

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The PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, named in honor of U.S. translator Ralph Manheim, is a literary award given every three years by PEN America (the U.S. chapter of International PEN) to a translator "whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of his or her work". The Medal is awarded in recognition of a lifetime's achievements in the field of literary translation.

It was first presented in 1982, to Gregory Rabassa, who has translated works by Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, and other Latin American literary giants; the next award will be announced in 2021.

The medal is one of many PEN awards sponsored by International PEN affiliates in over 145 PEN centers around the world; the PEN American Center awards have been characterized as being among the "major" American literary prizes.[1] The PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal was called one of "the most prominent translation awards."[2]



  1. ^ Alfred Bendixen (2005). "Literary Prizes and Awards". The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 689.
  2. ^ Robert Wechsler (1998). "Performing Without a Stage". Performing Without a Stage: The Art of Literary Translation. Catbird Press. pp. 278–279.
  3. ^ "2018 PEN American Lifetime Career and Achievement Awards". PEN America. February 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  4. ^ Susan Harris (April 29, 2015). "Burton Watson Awarded PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation". Words Without Borders. Retrieved April 30, 2015.

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