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an orphan girl grows up in a convent unaware of her Jewish roots. When she comes of age, the past is waiting for her, faced with decisions others have made in the name of her family's survival.


inspired by George Eliot's Daniel Deronda,
DANIELLE DERONDE revisits the 20th century's defining crises.


Burton Raffel is an eminent linguist and translator of numerous landmark works, including Beowulf (Mentor, 1963), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (New American Library, 1970), The Complete Poetry of Osip Emilevich Mandelstam (SUNY, 1973), Gargantua and Pantagruel (Norton, 1991), Balzac's Pere Goriot (Norton, 1994), Don Quijote: A New Translation (Norton, 1996), The Canterbury Tales (Modern Library, 2008), and Das Nibelungenglied: Song of the Nibelungs (Yale, 2008), among many others.

His critical studies include How to Read a Poem (Meridian, 1984) and The Forked Tongue: A Study of the Translation Process (Walter De Gruyter Inc., 1971). The Art of Translating Poetry (Pennsylvania State University, 1988) and The Art of Translating Prose (Pennsylvania State University, 1994) are classics of the craft.

Raffel is also a poet with several volumes to his credit, a screenwriter (The Legend of Alfred Packer, 1980), and in 1964, one of the trail-blazing voices with Robert P. Creed on Lyrics from the Old English from Folkways Records.

Yankee Doric: America Before the Civil War (Moon City Press, 2010) is Raffel's only previous novel.

In previous careers, Raffel practiced law on Wall Street and taught in the Ford Foundation's English Language Teacher Training Project in Indonesia, which informed some of his early literary work, including The Development of Modern Indonesian Poetry (SUNY, 1967) and From the Vietnamese: Ten Centuries of Poetry (October House, 1968).

Raffel is currently Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities Emeritus and professor of English emeritus, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


Danielle Déronde
by Burton Raffel
235 pages
$9.99 ebook ISBN 9781937402365

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