Please join Francine du Plessix Gray, Edith Grossman, Shirley Hazzard, Richard Howard, J.D. McClatchy, Charles McGrath, David Remnick, Gregory Rabassa, and C.K. Williams in this celebration of poet and translator Robert Fagles's repeated success in illuminating the ground between "the features of an ancient author and the expectations of a contemporary reader."
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Robert Fagles is the Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of comparative literature, Emeritus, at Princeton University. He is the recipient of the 2007 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets for his translation of Virgil's Aeneid, the 1997 PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, and a 1996 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His previous translations include Sophocles's Three Theban Plays; Aeschylus's Oresteia, which was nominated for a National Book Award; Homer's Iliad, which received the 1991 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award; and Homer's Odyssey.
About the readers:
Francine du Plessix Gray is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and the author of Them: A Memoir of Parents (2006), called "an intense and remarkably powerful portrait" by Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times. Her non fiction works include Simone Weil (2001); At Home with the Marquise de Sade: A Life (1998); Rage and Fire: A Life of Louise Colet (1994); Soviet Women (1990); and Lovers and Tyrants (1976).
Edith Grossman's translation of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes into English was heralded as "truly masterly" by Carlos Fuentes when published in 2003. Her award-winning translations of Spanish poetry and prose include works by Garbiel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Mayra Montero, Augusto Monterroso, Jaime Manrique, Julián Ríos, and Álvaro Mutis.
Shirley Hazzard is the author of four novels including the National Book Award winning The Great Fire (2003), "a hypnotic novel that unfolds like a dream," according to the author Joan Didion. She has written two short story collections and three works of non fiction. Her memoir Greene on Capri, remembering her friendship with Graham Greene, was published in 2000.
Richard Howard is a poet, translator, and essayist. He has published over 150 translations from the French, including Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal, for which he received the 1983 American Book Award for translation. His eleven volumes of poetry include Trappings: New Poems (1999) and Untitled Subjects (1969), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize.
J.D. McClatchy is a poet, essayist, librettist, and editor of nearly twenty collections including Horace, the Odes: New Translations by Contemporary Poets (2005) and the celebrated Voice of the Poet audio series from Random House. His five books of poetry include Hazmat (2002), Ten Commandments (1998); The Rest of the Way (1992), Stars Principal (1986), and Scenes from Another Life (1981).
Charles McGrath is a writer at large for The New York Times and the former editor of The New York Times Book Review as well as fiction editor at The New Yorker. His profile of Robert Fagles on the publication of Fagles's translation of The Aeneid appeared in the Times in 2006.
Gregory Rabassa's English translation of Gabriel García Márquez's masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude was deemed "more accurate" than the original by Mr. Marquez when it appeared in 1970. Rabassa has translated more than 30 books from Spanish and Portuguese into English, including works by Miguel Angel Asturias, Jorge Amado, Juan Benet, Julio Cortázar, Jorge Franco, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Octavio Paz.
David Remnick has been the editor of The New Yorker since 1998. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his work Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire. His collection of essays, Reporting: Writings from the New Yorker, was published in 2006.
C.K. Williams is the author of nine collections of poetry, including The Singing (2003), which won the National Book Award, and Repair (1999), winner of a Pulitzer Prize. His collected translations include works by Francis Ponge, Adam Zagajewski (with Renata Gorczynski and Benjamin Ivry), Euripides, Sophocles, and Issa. He teaches at Princeton University.