The novella was probably first published in English in periodical form in The Dial in 1924 over three issues (vol. LXXVI, March to May, issues # 3–5, Camden, NJ, USA), as per an advertisement by Peter Ellis (Bookseller, London, UK) for sale of a copy of those issues (www.abebooks.com, viewed Feb 2, 2011).
It was first published in book form in English in 1925 as Death in Venice and Other Stories, translated by Kenneth Burke. W. H. Auden called it the definitive translation.
H.T. Lowe-Porter's subsequent authorized traslation, which appeared in 1928, has been less well-received by crtics due to her toning down of Mann’s treatment of sexuality and homoeroticism.
A new translation was published in 2005 by Michael Henry Heim which won the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translation Prize.