Michael Hamburger Writer

Michael Hamburger OBE (22 March 1924 – 7 June 2007) was a noted British translator, poet, critic, memoirist and academic. He was known in particular for his translations of Friedrich Hölderlin, Paul Celan, Gottfried Benn and W. G. Sebald from German, and his work in literary criticism. The publisher Paul Hamlyn (1926–2001) was his younger brother. Michael Hamburger was born in Berlin into a Jewish family that left for the UK in 1933, and settled in London. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford and served in the British Army from 1943 to 1947 in Italy and Austria. After that he completed his degree, and wrote for a time. He took a position at University College London in 1951, and then at the University of Reading in 1955. There followed many further academic positions in the UK and the US. Hamburger published translations of many of the most important German-language writers, particularly poets. His work was recognised with numerous awards, including the Aristeion Prize in 1990, and the Order of the British Empire in 1992. Hamburger lived in Middleton, Suffolk, and appeared as a character in W. G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn.

Personal details

Date of birth
March 22nd, 1924
United Kingdom,Germany
Date of death
June 7th, 2007 at age of 83
Place of death
Suffolk, United Kingdom


1. Christ Church, Oxford Colleges/University

Christ Church (Latin: Ædes Christi, the temple (æděs) or house (ædēs) of Christ, and thus sometimes known as The House), is one of the largest constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. As well as being a college, Christ Church is also the cathedral church of the diocese of Oxford, namely Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

Type University
2010. 250 mil. £
Institution colors
St. Aldates Street, OX1 1DP - Oxford, Oxfordshire
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Official web page www.chch.ox.ac.uk
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2. Westminster School Independent school

The Royal College of St. Peter in Westminster, better known as Westminster School, is one of Britain's leading independent schools, with the highest Oxford and Cambridge acceptance rate of any secondary school or college in Britain. Standing in the precincts of Westminster Abbey in central London, and with a history stretching back to the 11th century, the school's notable alumni include Ben Jonson, Robert Hooke, Christopher Wren, John Locke, Jeremy Bentham, Edward Gibbon, Henry Mayhew, A. A. Milne, Tony Benn and seven Prime Ministers. The school traditionally encourages independent and individual thinking. Boys are admitted to the Under School at age seven, and to the senior school at age thirteen; girls are admitted only at sixteen. The school has around 750 pupils; around a quarter are boarders, most of whom go home at weekends, after Saturday morning school. It is one of the original nine British public schools as defined by the Public Schools Act 1868.

Type Independent school
Little Dean's Yard, SW1P 3PF - Westminster, Greater London
Official web page www.westminster.org.uk
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Institution social analysis

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People attended Westminster School connected by profession and/or age

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Written work

1.The dual site

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1958. by Routledge & Paul at London (55 pages)

2.Modern German poetry, 1910 1960

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1962. by MacGibbon & Kee at New York City (418 pages)

3.Weather and season

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1963. at New York City (64 pages)

4.From prophecy to exorcism

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1965. at London

5.Selected Poems 1956 93

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1966. at London

6.The truth of poetry

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1970. at New York City

7.Traveling, I V

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1972. at London

8.Ownerless earth; new & selected poems

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1973. at New York City (160 pages)

9.Art as second nature

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1979. at Manchester


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1981. at Manchester

11.A proliferation of prophets

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1983. at New York City

12.Poems of Paul Celan

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1988. at New York City
1995. at New York City
2002. at New York City
2007. at London

13.Collected Poems, 1941 1994

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1995. at London

14.Michael Hamburger in conversation with Peter Dale

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1998. at London (80 pages)

15.The take over

Editions Subjects Co-authors
2000. by Enitharmon Press at London (20 pages)

16.From a diary of non events

Editions Subjects Co-authors
2002. by Anvil Press Poetry at London (60 pages)

17.Philip Larkin: a Retrospect

Editions Subjects Co-authors
2002. by Enitharmon Press at London (45 pages)

18.Wild And Wounded

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2004. at London

19.Circling the Square

Editions Subjects Co-authors
2007. at London (88 pages)

Awards won

1978 Schlegel-Tieck Prize

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
German Poetry, 1910-1975 Poetry Book


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