Mr. Hargraves is a well-known translator of German literature, and was awarded the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize for translation. His translations include novels, essays, and works on Bach and other composers. Mr. Hargraves is also the author of a book on music in the writings of Hermann Broch and Thomas Mann. After obtaining the Ph.D. in German, he taught at Yale and Connecticut College.
When he is not translating, Mr. Hargraves plays piano for his cabaret group, “The Six of Clubs,” five singers performing in various clubs in New York and elsewhere.
Mr. Hargraves is also on the Board of the MacDowell Colony and the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Mr. Hargraves lives in Manhattan and in Lyme, Connecticut.