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Oct. 18, 2005

IWP Presents Translation Lecture By Oxford Scholar Bartlett Oct. 20

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a lecture by Rosamund Bartlett, "Landscapes and Lyricism: Translating Chekov for the 21st Century," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Shambaugh House at the corner of Clinton and Fairchild streets on the UI campus.

Bartlett's lecture will be free and the public is invited to attend.

"Landscapes and Lyricism: Translating Chekov for the 21st Century" is part of "Lost and Found in Translation," a series of readings and lectures by prominent translators, presented this fall by the IWP. A full schedule of the "Lost and Found" events is included on the IWP website at

Bartlett, a fellow of the European Humanities Research Centre at the University of Oxford, is the translator of "About Love and Other Stories," the editor of a volume of Chekhov's correspondence entitled "A Life in Letters" and the author of "Chekhov: Scenes from a Life," all published in 2004.

"Chekhov: Scenes from A Life" was commissioned to mark the centenary of Chekhov's death and was chosen as the Moscow Times Biography of the Year.

She also wrote "Wagner and Russia" and is the co-author of "Literary Russia: A Guide."

Through the IWP, 35 writers from 28 countries will be members of the UI community through mid-November. Biographies of all the writers are accessible on the IWP Web site,

The IWP introduces talented writers to American life, enables them to take part in American university life and provides them with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work.

Since 1967, more than a thousand writers from more than 120 countries have attended the IWP, including poets, fiction writers, dramatists, screenwriters and non-fiction writers. In 1995 the program was honored with the Governor's Award for distinguished service to the State of Iowa.

The IWP is staffed and housed by the UI. IWP writers are financed through bilateral agreements with numerous countries; by grants given by cultural institutions and governments abroad; and by private funds that are donated by a variety of American corporations, foundations and individuals. The activities of the IWP are assisted financially by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended.

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