- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 3, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) - An internationally celebrated translator also turns out to have been a secret patron of his craft.

Michael Henry Heim, who died at age 73 on Sept. 29, donated $734,000 to the PEN Translation Fund that helps support translations of foreign language works. Heim and his wife, Priscilla, established the PEN fund in 2003 and gave the money anonymously. The PEN American Center, of which Heim was a longtime member, announced Wednesday that he and his wife were the benefactors.

Heim was known for his translations of Thomas Mann, Milan Kundera and many other authors. PEN is a worldwide organization of writers and editors.

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