Robert Baldick

Robert André Edouard Baldick, FRSL (9 November 1927 – April 1972),[1] was a British scholar of French literature, writer, joint editor of the Penguin Classics series with Betty Radice, and a well-known translator. He was a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford.

He wrote eight books including biographies of Joris-Karl Huysmans, Frédérick Lemaître and Henry Murger and a history of the Siege of Paris. In addition he edited and translated The Goncourt Journals and a number of the classics of French literature including works by Gustave Flaubert, Chateaubriand, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jules Verne, and Henri Barbusse, as well as a number of novels by Georges Simenon.

His son is English academic Chris Baldick.


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  1. O'Driscoll, Kieran (2011), Retranslation Through the Centuries: Jules Verne in English, Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 151–152
  2. Biographical detail taken from a copy Dinner at Magny's, published by Gollancz in 1971
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