Edith Grossman is honored on the occasion of her 80th birthday. One of the most celebrated literary translators of our time, Grossman has been praised for her translations of work by Gabriel García Márquez, Carlos Fuentes, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and many others. Her acclaimed 2003 translation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote is already considered a classic.

This tribute was written by Julia Ballerini. She is the author of Line of Descent: A Novel, The Stillness of Hajj Ishmael: Maxime Du Camp’s 1850 Photographic Encounters, Pontormo’s Diary, et al.

Dear Edie—You are an inspiration! Sensitive and attentive to words spoken and written, kind, radiant, beautiful, and sexy at eighty! A privilege to know you.