Stanley Mitchell was born in London in 1932. He read Modern Languages (French, German and Russian) at Oxford, and taught various universities - Birmingham, Essex, Sussex, San Diego, California, McGill Montreal, Dar es Salaam Tanzania, Derby, University College London and Camberwell School of Art. Subjects included Russian literature, art history and cultural studies. He was an exchange scholar to Russia, gave several papers there and read from his translation of Onegin. He retired from Derby as Emeritus Professor of Aesthetics, and was made an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Art History Department of the University College of London. His translation of Pushkin's Eugene Onegin for Penguin Classics appeared in 2008.
In addition he has translated Georg Lukacs's The Historical Novel and Essays on Thomas Mann, Walter Benjamin's Short History of Photography, and recently Mozart A Study (as yet unpublished) by the Soviet Union's first foreign minister, Grigory Chicherin. He is contemplating a book on Chagall. He has reviewed for the Times Literary Supplement, written for the academic press and given numerous lectures and talks.