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PENGUIN TRANSLATORS



INDEX to TRANSLATORS    A-G    H-O    P-Z   



THIS PAGE - Translators P - Z

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Translators are very much a hidden group of people. We think of the book and the author, we may remember the image of the front cover, but the person who has transformed the novel, poem or non-fiction book into the English language and made it a delight to read is often overlooked.

Probably the exception to this was the 'Classics Series' which brought new translations of the major Classics. The first was 'L1', Homer's Odyssey, translated by E.V. Rieu, who was also the first editor of the series. In fact, over the years, this first book - the E. V. Rieu translation, sold more than three million copies. The series involved translating well known classics from over 25 languages.

On these pages we list in alphabetical order the translators whose books are included in this web-site. This list is updated as new material is added to the site.

Book illustrated above left:
The first Penguin Classic - Number 'L1' The Odyssey by Homer was translated from the Greek by E. V. Rieu.

In Fifty Penguin Years, Linda Lloyd Jones writes about Allen Lane taking risks:
"The Classics had been launched in 1946 with E. V. Rieu's translation of Homer's 'The Odyssey'. Dr Rieu had developed the evening pastime of translating aloud to his wife so that she too could enjoy the books that so absorbed him. At her suggestion he wrote down his version of 'The Odyssey', and when the war ended, he presented the manuscript to Penguin. There was a heated debate amongst editorial board members about the desirability of yet another translation: there were already several other editions available in English, and none was reputed to have sold more than 3,000 copies. Allen Lane ignored the advice and insisted that 'The Odyssey' should not only be accepted but that Rieu be appointed to commission translations of other classics to form a new series. 'The Odyssey's' spectacular success surpassed even Allen Lane's expectations. Reviewers and readers praised the book ... Rieu went on to translate Virgil's 'Pastoral Poems', Homer's 'The Illiad', 'The Four Gospels' and Apollonius of Rhodes's 'The Voyage of the Argo'. When he retired as series editor in 1964 there were over 130 Penguin Classics titles selling nearly a million copies a year"

Emile Victor Rieu CBE (1877-1972) [pictured above] was educated at St Paul's Scool and Balliol College, Oxford. He worked for Oxford University Press in Bombay, and then at Methuen's in London, where he became managing director in 1933. He became the editor of the Penguin Classics series in 1946.  




Information on the 'Translators' with cover photographs of the books shown

2599
Translator: D. D. PAIGE

Language: Italian

Books: 2599;  
L103
Translator: HERMANN PÁLSSON

Hermann Pálsson (1921-2002)

Language: Icelandic

Books: L103 (with Magnus Magnusson);   L154 (with Magnus Magnusson);  
390
Translator: BERNARD PARES

Sir Bernard Pares KBE (1867 - 1949)

Language: Russian

Books: 390;  
2053
Translator: RALPH PARKER

Language: Russian

Books: 2053;  
AC5
Translator: EDEN and CEDAR PAUL

Language: Russian

Books: AC5;  
D114
Translator: ANNE PENNINGTON

Language: Serbian

Books: D114;  
S263
Translator: MICHAEL PERL

Language: French

Books: S263;  
2178
Translator: JOHN PETRIE

Language: French

Books: 2178;   2314;  
1967
Translator: MICHAEL B. PETROVICH

Language: Serbo-Croat

Books: 1967;  
Z19
Translator: DIETER PEVSNER

Language: German

Books: Z19;  
S84
Translator: W. PICKLES

Language: French

Books: S84;  
PS17
Translator: MARIE KIERSTED PIDGEON

Language: Dutch

Books: PS17;  
L77
Translator: R. S. PINE-COFFIN

Language: Italian

Books: L77;  

Language: Latin

Books: L114;  
Y32
Translator: HENRY PLEASANTS

Language: German

Books: Y32;  
PS38
Translator: M. POKROVSKY

Language: Russian

Books: PS38;  
S268
Translator: ARNOLD J. POMERANS

Arnold Pomerans (1920 - 2005)

Language: German/French

Books: S268;  
PS150
Translator: ELIZABETH PORTCH

Language: Swedish

Books: PS4150;  
Q44
Translator: SIEGBERT SOLOMON PRAWER

S. S. Prawer (1925 - 2012)

Language: German

Books: Q44;   R25;  
2738
Translator: ISABEL QUIGLY

Language: Italian

Books: 2738;  
A710
Translator: TREVOR S. PRESTON

Language: Dutch

Books: A710;  
L127
Translator: BETTY RADICE

Betty Radice (1912 - 1985)

Language: Latin

Books: L127;   L156;  
330
Translator: GEORGE RAWLINSON

George Rawlinson (1812 - 1902)

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: 330;   396;  
A911
Translator: ALBERT READ

Language: Swedish

Books: A911;  
1547
Translator: GEORGE REAVEY

George Reavey (1907 - 1976)

Language: Russian

Books: 1547;  
Y10
Translator: OLIVE RENIER

Language: Dutch

Books: Y10;   Z18;  
L105
Translator: BARBARA REYNOLDS

Barbara Reynolds (1914 - )

Language: Italian

Books: L105 (with Dorothy L. Sayers);  
S215
Translator: BARRY RICHARD

Language: French

Books: S215;  
2388
Translator: JOANNA RICHARDSON

Language: French

Books: 2388;  
L1
Translator: E. V. RIEU

E. V. Rieu CBE (1887 - 1972)

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L1;   L14;   L32;   L56;   L85;   P21(USA);   SE18;   USA-613;  

Language: Latin

Books: L8;  
2641
Translator: J. J. ROBBINS

Language: Russian

Books: 2641;  
D112
Translator: JEROME ROTHENBURG

Language:

Books: D112 (with Michael Hamburger and Hans Enzensberger);  
PS131
Translator: DORA ROUND

Language: Dutch

Books: P131;  
NG10
Translator: AUBREY RUSH

Language: Danish

Books: NG10;  
NG5
Translator: DAVID RUSH

Language: Swedish

Books: NG5;   NG6;  
L15
Translator: ALAN RUSSELL

Language: French

Books: L15;  
1363
Translator: NIGEL RYAN

Nigel Ryan CBE (1929 - 2014)

Language: French

Books: 1363;   1419;   1456;   1854;  
739
Translator: GEOFFREY SAINSBURY

Language: French

Books: 739;   826;   856;   1223;   1224;   1225;   1328;   2246 (with Stuart Gilbert);  
L100
Translator: N. K. SANDARS

Language: Sumerian and Babylonian

Books: L100;  
L6
Translator: DOROTHY L. SAYERS

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893 - 1957)

Language: Italian

Books: L6;   L46;   L105 (with Barbara Reynolds);  

Language: French

Books: L75;  
D56
Translator: FRANCIS SCARFE

Francis Scarfe (1911 - 1986)

Language: French

Books: D56;  
D104
Translator: PETER DALE SCOTT

Peter Dale Scott (1929 - )

Language: Polish

Books: D104 (with Czeslaw Milosz); 
L102
Translator: IAN SCOTT-KILVERT

Ian Scott Kilvert (1917 - 1989)

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L102;   L158;  
2254
Translator: HELEN SEBBA

Language: French

Books: 2254;   2571;  
L34
Translator: AUBREY DE SÉLINCOURT

Aubrey de Sélincourt (1894 - 1962)

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L34;   L81;  

Language: Latin

Books: L104;   L145;  
802
Translator: PAUL SELVER

Paul Selver (1888 - 1970)

Language: Czech

Books: 802;   S37;   S-US211;  

Language: French

Books: S3;  
1313
Translator: ROGER SENHOUSE

Roger Henry Pocklington Senhouse (1899 - 1970)

Language: French

Books: 1313;   1359;   1830 (with Yvonne Moyse);  2416 (with Yvonne Moyse); 
L169
Translator: E. R. A. SEWTER

Language: Italian

Books: L169;  
L30
Translator: M. R. B. SHAW

Language: French

Books: L30;   L61;   L124;  
L27
Translator: LEO SHERLEY-PRICE

Language: Latin

Books: L27;   L42;  

Language: Old English and Latin

Books: L74;  

Language: Italian

Books: L91;  
D91
Translator: PHILLIP SHERRARD

Phillip Sherrard (1922 - 1995)

Language: Greek

Books: D91 (with Edmund Keeley); 
D145
Translator: KAJIMA SHÔZÔ

Language: Japanese

Books: D145 (with Harry and Lynn Guest); 
2052
Translator: LOUISE SINCLAIR

Language: Italian

Books: 2052;  
L125
Translator: T. A. SINCLAIR

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L125;  
D138
Translator: L. SJOBERG

Language: Swedish

Books: D138 (with W. H. Auden);  
L2
Translator: H. N. P. SLOMAN

Language: French

Books: L2;   L20;   L65;   L115;   L161;  
1519
Translator: BAPTISTA GILLIAT SMITH

Language: Italian

Books: 1519 (with Bernard Wall and Frances Frenaye); 
D65
Translator: NORMAN L. SMITH

Language: Chinese

Books: D65 (with Robert Kotewell); 
466
Translator: JOHN S. SPINK

Language: Russian

Books: 466;  
L140
Translator: MAXWELL STANIFORTH

Language: Latin

Books: L140;  
A279
Translator: HANNAH STEINBERG

Language: German

Books: A279 (with Arthur Summerfield); 
2877
Translator: PAUL STEVENSON

Language: Russian

Books: 2877 (with Manya Harari);  
2024
Translator: JEAN STEWART

Language: French

Books: 2024;   2471;   2503;  
L92
Translator: BRIAN STONE

Brian Ernest Stone (1919 - 1995)

Language: Old English

Books: L92;   L144;  
L116
Translator: P. W. K. STONE

Language: French

Books: L116;  
L25
Translator: LORD SUDLEY

Language: French

Books: L25;  
L159
Translator: JOHN SULLIVAN

Language: Latin

Books: L159;  
A279
Translator: ARTHUR SUMMERFIELD

Language: German

Books: A279 (with Hannah Steinberg); 
624
Translator: ERIC SUTTON

Language: French

Books: 624;   1521;   1823;  
L13
Translator: L. W. TANCOCK

Language: French

Books: L13;   L45;   L95;   L120;   L134;   L173;  
NG2
Translator: ROGER TANNER

Language: Swedish

Books: NG2;   NG3;   NG9;   NG13;  
NG4
Translator: JOAN TATE

Language: Danish

Books: NG4;   NG8;  
PS52
Translator: EDGAR TAYLOR

Edgar Taylor (1793 - 1839)

Language: German

Books: PS52;  
D95
Translator: GEORGE THEINER

Language: Czech

Books: D95 (with Ian Milner);   D130 (with Edwald Osers);  
D77
Translator: ANTHONY THWAITE

Anthony Simon Thwaite OBE (1930 - )

Language: Japanese

Books: D77 (with Geoffrey Bownas); 
A495
Translator: M. W. THOMPSON

Language: Russian

Books: A495;  
1465
Translator: W. MARMADUKE THOMPSON

Language: French

Books: 1465;  
L55
Translator: J. A. K. THOMSON

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L55;  
L128
Translator: TERENCE TILLER

Terence Tiller (1916 - 1987)

Language: Old English

Books: L128;  
2892
Translator: WILLARD R. TRASK

Language: French

Books: 2892;  
L37
Translator: HUGH TREDENNICK

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L37;  
1797
Translator: UNA VINCENZO TROUBRIDGE

Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge (1887 - 1963)

Language: Italian

Books: 1797;  

Language: French

Books: 2535 (with Enid McLeod);  
L59
Translator: PAUL TURNER

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L59;   L117;  
A519
Translator: ALAN TYSON

Alan Tyson (1926 - 2000)

Language: German

Books: A519;  
2245
Translator: LOUISE VARÈSE

Language: French

Books: 2245;  
L31
Translator: PHILIP VELLACOTT

Philip Vallacott (1907 - 1997)

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L31;   L44;   L67;   L112;   L129;  
1515
Translator: DESMOND I. VESEY

Language: German

Books: 1515 (with Christopher Isherwood); 
NG1
Translator: GWYNNE VEVERS

Language: Danish

Books: NG1;  
L29
Translator: HELEN WADDELL

Helen Waddell (1889 - 1965)

Language: Latin

Books: L29;  
282
Translator: THURFRIDA WAKE

Language: French

Books: 282 (with Wilfred Jackson); 
L111
Translator: ARTHUR WALEY

Arthur Waley CH CBE (1889 - 1966)

Language: Chinese

Books: L111;  
1430
Translator: NAOMI WALFORD

Language: Danish

Books: 1430;  
1519
Translator: BERNARD WALL

Language: Italian

Books: 1519 (with Baptista Gilliat Smith and Frances Frenaye); 
L7
Translator: REX WARNER

Rex Warner (1905 - 1986)

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L7;   L39;   L84;   L175;  
S195
Translator: R. J. WASON

Language: Russian

Books: S195 (with H. E. Crowcroft); 
A50
Translator: E. I. WATKIN

E. I. Watkin (1888 - 1981)

Language: French

Books: A50;   A52;   A69;  
L3
Translator: E. F. WATLING

E. F. Watling (1899 - 1990)

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L3;  

Language: Latin

Books: L28;   L136;   L149;   L174;  
PL13
Translator: DONALD WATSON

Language: French

Books: PL13;  
L166
Translator: A. E. WATTS

Language: Latin

Books: L166;  
L82
Translator: PETER WATTS

Language: Swedish

Books: L82;  

Language: Norwegian

Books: L135;   L146;   L167;  
L12
Translator: PHILIP WAYNE

Language: German

Books: L12;   L93;  
A959
Translator: HELEN WEAVER

Language: French

Books: A959 (with Richard Howard);  
2977
Translator: WILLIAM WEAVER

Language: Italian

Books: 2977;  
L153
Translator: J. F. WEBB

Language:

Books: L153;  
2287
Translator: C. V. WEDGWOOD

Language: German

Books: 2287;  
L150
Translator: KENNETH WELLESLEY

Language: Latin

Books: L150;  
2343
Translator: D. J. WELSH

Language: Polish

Books: 2343;  
2851
Translator: ROBERT WESTHOFF

Language: French

Books: 2851;  
D127
Translator: DAVID WEVILL

David Wevill (1935 - )

Language: Hungarian

Books: D127 (with Edwin Morgan); 
2013
Translator: ANTONIA WHITE

Language: French

Books: 2013;   2014;   2015;   2016;   2661;   2953;  
2025
Translator: TONY WHITE

Language: French

Books: 2025;   2316;   2638;  
1501
Translator: PETER WILES

Language: French

Books: 1501;   1841;  
1520
Translator: EITHNE WILKINS

Language: French

Books: 1235 (with Ernst Kaiser, and Willa and Edwin Muir);   1520 (with Ernst Kaiser);  
D96
Translator: CAERWYN WILLIAMS

John Ellis Caerwyn Williams (1912 - 1999)

Language: Welsh

Books: D96 (with Anthony Conran); 
L90
Translator: G. A. WILLIAMSON

G. A. Williamson (1895 - 1982)

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L90;   L138;  
2214
Translator: MARJORIE KERR WILSON

Language:

Books: 2214;  
A382
Translator: ELLA WINTER

Ella Winter (1898 - 1980)

Language: German

Books: A382;  
L97
Translator: ARTHUR WOLLASTON

Language: French

Books: L97;  
L108
Translator: CLIFTON WOLTERS

Clifton Wolters (1909 - 1991)

Language: Old English

Books: L108;  
L36
Translator: JOHN WOOD

Language: French

Books: L36;   L89;   L133;  
PS184
Translator: KATHERINE WOODS

Katherine Woods (1886 - 1968)

Language: French

Books: PS184;  
1221
Translator: DAPHNE WOODWARD

Daphne Woodward

Language: French

Books: 1221;   1681;   2023;   2064;   2248;   2526;   2680;   2796;   2863;  
L70
Translator: DAVID WRIGHT

David John Murray Wright (1920 - 1994)

Language: Old English

Books: L70;  
1460
Translator: BERYL DE ZOETE

Beryl de Zoete (1879 - 1962)

Language: Italian

Books: 1460;   2319;  

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