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World Literature on Wikipedia

An ongoing project which encourages Wikipedians to create English-language pages for noteworthy literary, media and cultural figures and topics which do not yet exist or which only exist in non-English versions.

If you know of a non-English Wikipedia page, which you think should be translated and posted to a page on the English-language Wikipedia, you can:

  1. Let us know, and we'll put it in our queue for translation; or
  2. Become a Wikipedian yourself! If you're new to that kind of work, drop us a line and we can put you in touch with a seasoned WP editor who can walk you through the process and help you get your first page underway. When the page is created, email us so we can add its URL, and your name, to our lists below.

Alternately, we'd love to know what pages pertaining to literary translation or international authors you think should be created on Wikipedia, which don't at present exist.

Pages waiting to be created or translated:

Pages the WLW has created/translated:

WLW contributors:

Let us leave you with these three quotes which inspire the behind-the-scenes labor of the World Literature on Wikipedia project.

  • Mariano Antolín Rato: “Translation is one of the few human activities in which the impossible occurs by principle.”
  • José Saramago: “Writers make national literature, while translators make universal literature.”
  • Paul Auster: “Translators are the shadow heroes of literature, the often forgotten instruments that make it possible for different cultures to talk to one another, who have enabled us to understand that we all, from every part of the world, live in one world.”

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