Biography and History

Jackson Mathews was a writer, translator, and editor. Born in Griffin, Georgia, in 1907, Mathews graduated from the University of Georgia in 1928 and received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1947. His specialty was comparative literature, and he worked extensively with French texts. Mathews worked as a professor, translator, and Foreign Service officer, and he completed translations of Monsieur Teste (1947), My Theatre (1952), Flowers of Evil (1955), and Hypnos Waking (1956). In 1963, he completed Hommage à Sylvia Beach (Homage to Sylvia Beach) for the Mercure de France, during which time he collected correspondence, typescripts, and other miscellanea from Beach. Mathews died in 1978.

Source: From the finding aid for C0141