Whittaker Chambers wrote the New York Times best-selling memoir Witness (1952), which recounts the Hiss Case (1948-1950) and was a National Book Award finalist for nonfiction (1953).
In 1928, he translated Bambi by Felix Salten – the translation still used today.
Chambers (1901-1961) was a writer, translator, and poet. He joined the Workers Party of America (Communist Party) in 1925. He wrote and become editor the New Masses in 1931-1932. He received orders to join the Soviet underground in 1932, served as a spy, and defected in 1938. He joined TIME in 1939, rose to senior editor, and resigned in 1948 because of the Hiss Case. In the late 1950s, he was a contributing editor to National Review. In 1984, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (posthumously).
(David Chambers is acting executor of the Literary Estate of Whittaker Chambers.)
Awards and Recognition
- 1984: Presidential Medal of Freedom (posthumously)
- 1953: National Book Award finalist for nonfiction for _Witness_
- 1952: Honorary Doctorate of Law from Mount Mary College