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Burton Pike (born June 12, 1930)[1] is a translator of Robert Musil[2], as well as a distinguished professor emeritus of comparative literature and Germanic languages and literature at the CUNY Graduate Center.[3] He did his undergraduate studies at Haverford College and received his PhD from Harvard University. He has taught at the University of Hamburg, Cornell University, and Queens College and Hunter College of the City University of New York.[1] He has also been a visiting professor at Yale University.[4]

Burton Pike is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship[5], a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and a Fulbright fellowship. He was awarded the Medal of Merit by the City of Klagenfurt, Austria, for his work on Robert Musil. He was a finalist and received a special citation for the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize for editing and co-translating Musil's The Man Without Qualities. He is the winner of the 2012 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for Gerhard Meier's Isle of the Dead.[4]



  • Robert Musil: An Introduction to his Work, Cornell University Press, 1961. ISBN 0-8046-1546-2. Reprinted by Kennikat Press, 1972.
  • The Image of the City in Modern Literature, Princeton University Press, 1981. ISBN 0-691-06488-1