Sandra Smith was born and raised in New York City. As an undergraduate, she spent one year studying at the Sorbonne and fell in love with Paris, then returned to do a Master’s Degree, in conjunction with NYU. She moved to the University of Cambridge to continue graduate research into the Surrealist Theater in France between the two World Wars, then began teaching 20th Century French Literature, Modern French Drama and Translation.
Suite française by was the first book she translated. It won her the French American Foundation and Florence Gould FoundationTranslation prize (2006) and The PEN/Book-of-the-Month-Club Translation prize (2007). She has subsequently translated 11 other novels by Irène Némirovsky as well as a new translation of Camus’ The Outsider and The Necklace and Other Stories: Maupassant for Modern Times.
Sandra was a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge where she taught French Literature, Translation and Language. She has