My name is Anna Visser. I’m 28 years old and I live in Leiden, The Netherlands. I studied English (BA) and American History (MA) at Leiden University. In my third year, I studied American Studies and Creative Writing at Hull University as a Harting Scholar. After my degrees I completed a two-year course in literary translation at the VertalersVakschool in Amsterdam, from which I graduated in November 2015. I now work as a translator and occasional editor, translating from English into Dutch and vice versa.
I’ve been fascinated with the Beat Generations since I wrote a comparative paper on Jack London’s The Road and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road in my second year. My BA thesis was tutored by Dr. Michael Newton and was called ‘The American Drifter in American Popular Culture of the 1950s and 1960s.’ It included a chapter on On the Road. My MA thesis dealt with Richard Nixon and the Watergate Affair in popular culture, and discussed the way Nixon was portrayed in, among other, All the President’s Men, Frost/Nixon and Gore Vidal’s An Evening with Richard Nixon.
As a literary translator, I’m constantly on the lookout for literature which has been overlooked or forgotten or has not been discovered yet. I the near future, I hope to combine my passion for the Beats with my work as a literary translator, by translating some of their work and making it more widely accessible and available in the Netherlands.