Henry Carlisle

Henry Coffin Carlisle (September 14, 1926 – July 11, 2011) was a translator, novelist, and anti-censorship activist.[1]

Carlisle, with his wife Olga Andreyeva Carlisle, was notable for translating Alexander Solzhenitsyn's work into English. Although Solzhenitsyn criticized the translations, Olga Carlisle felt they helped bring his work to a wider audience, and contributed to Solzhenitsyn's Nobel Prize.[1]

Carlisle was president of PEN American Center (elected 1976), and actively supported writers facing censorship.[1]


  • Ilyitch Slept Here (1965)
  • The Contract (1968)
  • The Somers Mutiny (1972)
  • Voyage to the First of December (1972)
  • The Land Where the Sun Dies (1975)
  • The Jonah Man (1984)
  • The Idealists (1999) (with Olga Carlisle)



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