Helen Weaver

Helen Weaver (born 1931 in Madison, Wisconsin) is an American writer and translator. She has translated over fifty books from French. Antonin Artaud: Selected Writings was a Finalist for the National Book Award in translation in 1977.[1][2]

Weaver is the general editor, a contributor and a translator for the Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology (1980).[3] In 2001 she published The Daisy Sutra, a book on animal communication.[4] In 2009 Weaver published The Awakener: A Memoir of Kerouac and the Fifties. Jack Kerouac (1922–1969) was a prominent writer and poet of the Beat Generation; his best known work is likely the novel On the Road (1957). In her review in The New York Times, Tara McKelvey wrote "Kerouac’s soul lives on through many people — Joyce Johnson, for one — but few have been as adept as Weaver at capturing both him and the New York bohemia of the time. He was lucky to have met her."[5][6][7]


Helen Weaver grew up in Scarsdale, New York. Her father, Warren Weaver, was a scientist, author, and world traveler who was Director of Natural Sciences at the Rockefeller Foundation for twenty-seven years. Her mother, Mary Hemenway Weaver, taught Latin and ancient history. Weaver graduated magna cum laude from Oberlin College with a B.A. in English Literature in 1952. Her brother, Warren Weaver, Jr., was a political reporter on the Washington bureau of The New York Times.[4][8]

Selected translationsEdit

  • Merle, Robert (1969). The Day of the Dolphin. Helen Weaver, translator. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780671201821. OCLC 7720. Translation of Merle, Robert (1967). Un animal doué de raison [A Sentient Animal] (in French). Gallimard. OCLC 1870967. The novel was the basis for the film The Day of the Dolphin (1973).
  • Steiner, Jean-François (1967). Treblinka. Helen Weaver, translator; Simone de Beauvoir, preface. Simon & Schuster. OCLC 394953. This novel about the 1943 uprising at the Treblinka concentration camp during World War II was a bestseller in France; [9] see also Jean-François Steiner.
  • Japrisot, Sébastien (1965) Trap for Cinderella, Simon & Schuster
  • Japrisot, Sébastien (1967) The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, Simon & Schuster
  • Wittig, Monique (1976). The Opoponax. Helen Weaver, translator. Daughters. ISBN 9780913780152. OCLC 2743497. Translation of Wittig, Monique (1964). L'Opoponax (in French). Editions de Minuit.


  1. ^ Artaud, Antonin (1976). Sontag, Susan (ed.). Antonin Artaud: Selected Writings. Helen Weaver, translator; Susan Sontag, Introduction. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 9780374260484. OCLC 1094642.
  2. ^ "National Book Awards - 1977". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  3. ^ Brau, Jean Louis; Weaver, Helen; Edmands, Allan (1980). Weaver, Helen (ed.). Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 9780070072442. OCLC 6251818. Based on Brau, Jean-Louis (1977). Dictionnaire de l'astrologie (in French). Larousse. ISBN 9782030754771.
  4. ^ a b "Helen Weaver". Retrieved 2016-05-01. Weaver's website.
  5. ^ Weaver, Helen (2009). The Awakener: A Memoir of Jack Kerouac and the Fifties. City Lights. ISBN 978-0-87286-505-1. OCLC 318876929.
  6. ^ Silberman, Steve (December 13, 2009). "'The Awakener,' by Helen Weaver". The San Francisco Chronicle.
  7. ^ McKelvey, Tara (January 14, 2010). "Nonfiction Chronicle". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Molotsky, Irvin (February 20, 1997). "Warren Weaver of The Times, Long a Political Reporter, 74". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher (May 22, 1967). "Holocaust Melodrama". The New York Times. So Steiner has succeeded in reconstructing Treblinka's history, in locating an appropriate style, and in demonstrating vividly how it all could have happened. Unfortunately, he has succeeded so artfully that the indigestible contents of his book go down like potato chips at a dull cocktail party

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