The PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal awarded by the Translation Committee of PEN America is a lifetime achievement award for a distinguished translator awarded every three years. Previous winners include such luminaries as Gregory Rabassa, Edith Grossman, and Richard Howard. The award was initiated by funds donated by Bernard Malamud and Gay Talese, and has received additional support from the family and friends of Ralph Manheim, who died in 1992.
The 2018 Medal, which has just been announced, has been awarded to Barbara Harshav, a past president of the American Literary Translators Association, who is known for her translations from French, German, Hebrew, and Yiddish of such works as Between Life and Death by Yoram Kaniuk and Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier. More information about the prize can be found on the PEN website. Harshav is only the third woman to receive this award in its 36-year history (10 men have won it).
The Ralph Manheim Medal will be formally presented in a ceremony at NYU’s Skirball Center on Feb. 20, together with the PEN Translation Prize (not yet announced) and other PEN prizes. (The PEN Award for Poetry in Translation is on hiatus this year.)