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CARL R. PROFFER (1938-1984) was an American publisher, professor, and translator of Russian literature. He was a renowned scholar and a major force in Russian-American literary relations from 1969 until his death. Together with his wife Ellendea Proffer, he was a founder of Ardis Publishing, the largest publishing house devoted to Russian literature outside of the Soviet Union, and co-editor of Russian Literature Triquarterly (1971–91). He also did numerous translations, and edited many anthologies of Russian writing.