Geoffrey Skelton

Geoffrey David Skelton (1916–1998) was a British author and translator. He specialized in German music, writing biographies of Richard Wagner, Cosima Wagner, Wieland Wagner and Paul Hindemith. He also translated numerous plays by leading German-language writers such as Bertolt Brecht, Max Frisch and Peter Weiss.

He won the Schlegel-Tieck Prize twice, the first one for his translation of Robert Lucas' biography of Frieda Lawrence and the second one for Siegfried Lenz's novel The Training Ground.



  • Frieda Lawrence by Robert Lucas
  • Cosima Wagner's Diaries: A New Selection by Cosima Wagner
  • Man in the Holocene by Max Frisch
  • Sketchbook 1966–1971 by Max Frisch
  • Selected Letters of Paul Hindemith by Paul Hindemith
  • Bluebeard: A Tale by Max Frisch
  • The Training Ground by Siegfried Lenz
  • As You Were: A Farce by Johann Nestroy
  • Arden Must Die, opera libretto by Erich Fried


  • Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss (co-translators: Gill Lamden, Geoffrey Skelton and Adrian Mitchell)
  • Collected Plays: "St Joan", "Mother", "Lindbergh's Flight", "Baden-Baden", "He Said Yes", "Decision", "Exception" by Bertolt Brecht (co-translators: John Willett, Ralph Manheim and Geoffrey Skelton)
  • Three Plays: "Fire Raisers", "Andorra", "Triptych" by Max Frisch (co-translators: Michael Peter Loeffler, Geoffrey Skelton and Michael Bullock)
  • Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) (English National Opera Guide 21) by Richard Wagner (co-translators: Geoffrey Skelton, Barry Millington and George Gillespie)
  • Cosima Wagner's Diaries, Vol. 2: 1878–1883 by Cosima Wagner (co-translators: Martin Gregor-Dellin, Dietrich Mack and Geoffrey Skelton)
  • Living for Brecht: The Memoirs of Ruth Berlau by Ruth Berlau (co-translators: Hans Bunge and Geoffrey Skelton)
  • The Persecution and Assassination of Marat as Performed By the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton: by Peter Weiss (co-translators: Geoffrey Skelton and Adrian Mitchell)


  • Wieland Wagner. The Positive Sceptic (Gollancz,... more
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