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A writer and translator, Willa Anderson is also known as the wife and working partner of the writer Edwin Muir whom she married in 1919. During the early 1920s the Muirs travelled extensively in Europe. At this time Edwin was a freelance writer for the ‘Freeman’, whereas Willa taught for a while at a school near Dresden, run by an old university friend. From 1924 the Muirs received commissions for several translations of German literature that were to remain their major source of income until the Second World War. Willa’s outstanding achievement was the translation of Kafka, which introduced his writing to the English-speaking public. Although assumed to be a collaboration with her husband, in her journal she wrote that most of the translation “had been done by ME. Edwin only helped”.

Nigel McIsaac

Nigel McIsaac