Born in Breslau in 1921, Walter Boehlich read philology at the University of Bonn and became the assistant of Prof. Ernst Robert Curtius. After he had left university, he became a profiled journalist, literary critic (Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine), literary editor (at Suhrkamp Verlag and later Verlag der Autoren Frankfurt) and translator from French, Spanish and Danish, among others of Herman Bang, Hjalmar Söderberg, Marguerite Duras or Victor Jara.
Walter Boehlich was a member of Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung until his death in Hamburg in 2006.
He received the Johann Heinrich Merck Prize in 1990, the Jane Scatcherd Translator Prize in 1997, the Heinrich Mann Prize and the Wilhelm Merton Prize for European Translations in 2001.
TextBruchstücke aus dem Tagebuch eines Dorfküsters (Translation of "Brudstykker af en Landsbydegns Dagbog" from Danish)