Lee Fahnestock is a translator and writer who lives in New York and Massachusetts. She translated three volumes of the poetry of Francis Ponge: The Making of the Pré, Vegetation and The Nature of Things, with another forthcoming. She translated two French novels: Paul Fournel’s Little Girls Breathe the Same Air As We Do (Braziller) and Elvire Murail’s Stairway C.
With Norman MacAfee, she translated the letters of Jean-Paul Sartre as well as Les Misérables. She has been active with organizations promoting literary translation.
She is at work on an extended study of Victor Hugo’s Paris. The French Government made her a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2000.