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date: 22 September 2018

CRAMPTON, Patricia

The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature

Daniel Hahn

CRAMPTON, Patricia (1925–2016) 

Translator from Swedish and German, one of the few British translators to make her name particularly for her work on children’s literature, which ran to some two hundred books (though her first job, when she was straight out of Oxford, was as translator at the Nuremberg Trials). She was responsible for translating a number of Astrid Lindgren’s books into English, including Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter (1983) and Karlsson on the Roof (1975), and she produced the first rhyming translation of Dick Bruna’s Miffy stories (having been told it couldn’t be done). She won the Marsh award in 1999 with her translation of Gudrun Pausewang’s The Final Journey; the Batchelder Award in 1984 and 1987; and the 1991 Eleanor Farjeon Award for her overall contribution to children’s literature.