Esther Allen

Esther Allen's numerous translations from the French and Spanish include the 2002 Penguin Classics anthology José Martí: Selected Writings. She co-edited The Man Between: Michael Henry Heim & a Life in Translation (2014) and In Translation: Translators on Their Work and What It Means (2013).  She has been a fellow at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and at the Leon Levy Center for Biography. The National Endowment for the Arts has twice awarded her translation fellowships, one of which was for Zama. In 2006, the French government named her a Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres. She teaches at Baruch College, City University of New York. To read more of her work, visit