Roudiez, Leon S(amuel) 1917-2004
ROUDIEZ, Leon S(amuel) 1917-2004
See index for CA sketch: Born November 18, 1917, in Bronxville, NY; died June 18, 2004, in Stevensville, MD. Educator and author. Roudiez was a professor emeritus at Columbia University and former head of the French department there. Though born in New York, he was raised in Germany and France, receiving his early college education at the University of Paris, where he earned a B.A. in 1936 and a law degree in 1938. He then moved to America for graduate school at Columbia University, completing an M.A. in 1940 and, after wartime service in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, a Ph.D. in 1950. During the 1950s, he taught at Pennsylvania State University, returning to Columbia in 1959. He became a full professor of French in 1962 and chaired the department from 1971 to 1974. An author, editor, and translator, Roudiez published such books as Maurras jusqu'a l'action Française (1957), Michel Butor (1965), and French Fiction Revisited (1991). As a translator, his favorite author was Julia Kristeva; he translated five of her books, including Powers of Horror (1982) and Nations without Nationalism (1993). He was also managing editor of the French Review from 1953 to 1961.
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:
New York Times, June 23, 2004, p. A22.
Columbia News,http://www.columbia.edu/ (July 9, 2004).