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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

Paige
Translator: D. D. PAIGE

Language: Italian

Books: 2599;  
Pálsson
Translator: HERMANN PÁLSSON

Hermann Pálsson (1921-2002)

Language: Icelandic

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

Sir Bernard Pares KBE (1867 - 1949)

Language: Russian

Books: 390;  
Parker
Translator: RALPH PARKER

Language: Russian

Books: 2053;  
Paul
Translator: EDEN and CEDAR PAUL

Language: Russian

Books: AC5;  
Pennington
Translator: ANNE PENNINGTON

Language: Serbian

Books: D114;  
Perl
Translator: MICHAEL PERL

Language: French

Books: S263;  
Petrie
Translator: JOHN PETRIE

Language: French

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

Language: Serbo-Croat

Books: 1967;  
Pevsner
Translator: DIETER PEVSNER

Language: German

Books: Z19;  
Pickles
Translator: W. PICKLES

Language: French

Books: S84;  
Pidgeon
Translator: MARIE KIERSTED PIDGEON

Language: Dutch

Books: PS17;  
Pine-Coffin
Translator: R. S. PINE-COFFIN

Language: Italian

Books: L77;  

Language: Latin

Books: L114;  
Pleasants
Translator: HENRY PLEASANTS

Language: German

Books: Y32;  
Pokrovsky
Translator: M. POKROVSKY

Language: Russian

Books: PS38;  
Pomerans
Translator: ARNOLD J. POMERANS

Arnold Pomerans (1920 - 2005)

Language: German/French

Books: S268;  
Portch
Translator: ELIZABETH PORTCH

Language: Swedish

Books: PS4150;  
Prawer
Translator: SIEGBERT SOLOMON PRAWER

S. S. Prawer (1925 - 2012)

Language: German

Books: Q44;   R25;  
Preston
Translator: TREVOR S. PRESTON

Language: Dutch

Books: A710;  
Quigly
Translator: ISABEL QUIGLY

Language: Italian

Books: 2738;  
Radice
Translator: BETTY RADICE

Betty Radice (1912 - 1985)

Language: Latin

Books: L127;   L156;  
Ramos
Translator: MYRA BERGMAN RAMOS

Language: Portuguese

Books: X331;  
Rawlinson
Translator: GEORGE RAWLINSON

George Rawlinson (1812 - 1902)

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: 330;   396;  
Read
Translator: ALBERT READ

Language: Swedish

Books: A911;  
Reavey
Translator: GEORGE REAVEY

George Reavey (1907 - 1976)

Language: Russian

Books: 1547;  
Renier
Translator: OLIVE RENIER

Language: Dutch

Books: Y10;   Z18;  
Reynolds
Translator: BARBARA REYNOLDS

Barbara Reynolds (1914 - )

Language: Italian

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

Language: French

Books: S215;  
Richardson
Translator: JOANNA RICHARDSON

Language: French

Books: 2388;  
Rieu
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;  
Robbins
Translator: J. J. ROBBINS

Language: Russian

Books: 2641;  
Rossi
Translator: NORA ROSSI

Language: Italian

Books: X245 (with Tom Cole);  
Rothenburg
Translator: JEROME ROTHENBURG

Language:

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

Language: Dutch

Books: P131;  
Rush A
Translator: AUBREY RUSH

Language: Danish

Books: NG10;  
Rush D
Translator: DAVID RUSH

Language: Swedish

Books: NG5;   NG6;  
Russell
Translator: ALAN RUSSELL

Language: French

Books: L15;  
Ryan
Translator: NIGEL RYAN

Nigel Ryan CBE (1929 - 2014)

Language: French

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

Language: French

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

Language: Sumerian and Babylonian

Books: L100;  
Sayers
Translator: DOROTHY L. SAYERS

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893 - 1957)

Language: Italian

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

Language: French

Books: L75;  
Scarfe
Translator: FRANCIS SCARFE

Francis Scarfe (1911 - 1986)

Language: French

Books: D56;  
Schimmel
Translator: HAROLD SCHIMMEL

Language: Hebrew

Books: D141 (with Assia Gutmann and Ted Hughes);  
Scott
Translator: PETER DALE SCOTT

Peter Dale Scott (1929 - )

Language: Polish

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

Ian Scott Kilvert (1917 - 1989)

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L102;   L158;  
Sebba
Translator: HELEN SEBBA

Language: French

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

Aubrey de Sélincourt (1894 - 1962)

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L34;   L81;  

Language: Latin

Books: L104;   L145;  
Silver
Translator: PAUL SELVER

Paul Selver (1888 - 1970)

Language: Czech

Books: 802;   S37;   S-US211;  

Language: French

Books: S3;  
Senhouse
Translator: ROGER SENHOUSE

Roger Henry Pocklington Senhouse (1899 - 1970)

Language: French

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

Language: Italian

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

Language: French

Books: L30;   L61;   L124;  
Sheridan
Translator: ALAN SHERIDAN

Language: French

Books: X389;  
Sherley-Price
Translator: LEO SHERLEY-PRICE

Language: Latin

Books: L27;   L42;  

Language: Old English and Latin

Books: L74;  

Language: Italian

Books: L91;  
Sherrard
Translator: PHILLIP SHERRARD

Phillip Sherrard (1922 - 1995)

Language: Greek

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

Language: Japanese

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

Language: Italian

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

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L125;  
Sjoberg
Translator: L. SJOBERG

Language: Swedish

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

Language: French

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

Language: Italian

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

Language: Chinese

Books: D65 (with Robert Kotewell); 
Solotaroff
Translator: LYNN SOLOTAROFF

Language: Russian

Books: X579;   X580;  
Spink
Translator: JOHN S. SPINK

Language: Russian

Books: 466;  
Staniforth
Translator: MAXWELL STANIFORTH

Language: Latin

Books: L140;  
Steinberg
Translator: HANNAH STEINBERG

Language: German

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

Language: Russian

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

Language: French

Books: 2024;   2471;   2503;  
Stone B
Translator: BRIAN STONE

Brian Ernest Stone (1919 - 1995)

Language: Old English

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

Language: French

Books: L116;  
Sudley
Translator: LORD SUDLEY

Language: French

Books: L25;  
Sullivan
Translator: JOHN SULLIVAN

Language: Latin

Books: L159;  
Summerfield
Translator: ARTHUR SUMMERFIELD

Language: German

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

Language: French

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

Language: French

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

Language: Swedish

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

Language: Danish

Books: NG4;   NG8;  
Taylor
Translator: EDGAR TAYLOR

Edgar Taylor (1793 - 1839)

Language: German

Books: PS52;  
Theiner
Translator: GEORGE THEINER

Language: Czech

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

Anthony Simon Thwaite OBE (1930 - )

Language: Japanese

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

Language: Russian

Books: A495;  
Thompson W
Translator: W. MARMADUKE THOMPSON

Language: French

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

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L55;  
Tiller
Translator: TERENCE TILLER

Terence Tiller (1916 - 1987)

Language: Old English

Books: L128;  
Trask
Translator: WILLARD R. TRASK

Language: French

Books: 2892;  
Tredennick
Translator: HUGH TREDENNICK

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L37;  
Troubridge
Translator: UNA VINCENZO TROUBRIDGE

Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge (1887 - 1963)

Language: Italian

Books: 1797;  

Language: French

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

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L59;   L117;  
Tyson
Translator: ALAN TYSON

Alan Tyson (1926 - 2000)

Language: German

Books: A519;  
Varèse
Translator: LOUISE VARÈSE

Language: French

Books: 2245;  
Vellacott
Translator: PHILIP VELLACOTT

Philip Vallacott (1907 - 1997)

Language: Ancient Greek

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

Language: German

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

Language: Danish

Books: NG1;  
Waddell
Translator: HELEN WADDELL

Helen Waddell (1889 - 1965)

Language: Latin

Books: L29;  
Wake
Translator: THURFRIDA WAKE

Language: French

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

Arthur Waley CH CBE (1889 - 1966)

Language: Chinese

Books: L111;  
Walford
Translator: NAOMI WALFORD

Language: Danish

Books: 1430;  
Walker
Translator: LESLIE J. WALKER

Language: Latin

Books: AC14;  
Wall
Translator: BERNARD WALL

Language: Italian

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

Rex Warner (1905 - 1986)

Language: Ancient Greek

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

Language: Russian

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

E. I. Watkin (1888 - 1981)

Language: French

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

E. F. Watling (1899 - 1990)

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L3;  

Language: Latin

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

Language: French

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

Language: Latin

Books: L166;  
Watts P
Translator: PETER WATTS

Language: Swedish

Books: L82;  

Language: Norwegian

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

Language: German

Books: L12;   L93;  
Weaver H
Translator: HELEN WEAVER

Language: French

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

Language: Italian

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

Language:

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

Language: German

Books: 2287;  
Wellesley
Translator: KENNETH WELLESLEY

Language: Latin

Books: L150;  
Wells
Translator: PAM WELLS

Language: French

Books: X384;  
Welsh
Translator: D. J. WELSH

Language: Polish

Books: 2343;  
Westhoff
Translator: ROBERT WESTHOFF

Language: French

Books: 2851;  
Wevill
Translator: DAVID WEVILL

David Wevill (1935 - )

Language: Hungarian

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

Language: French

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

Language: French

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

Language: French

Books: 1501;   1841;  
Wilkins
Translator: EITHNE WILKINS

Language: French

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

John Ellis Caerwyn Williams (1912 - 1999)

Language: Welsh

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

G. A. Williamson (1895 - 1982)

Language: Ancient Greek

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

Language:

Books: 2214;  
Winter
Translator: ELLA WINTER

Ella Winter (1898 - 1980)

Language: German

Books: A382;  
Wollaston
Translator: ARTHUR WOLLASTON

Language: French

Books: L97;  
Wolters
Translator: CLIFTON WOLTERS

Clifton Wolters (1909 - 1991)

Language: Old English

Books: L108;  
Wood
Translator: JOHN WOOD

Language: French

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

Katherine Woods (1886 - 1968)

Language: French

Books: PS184;  
Woodward
Translator: DAPHNE WOODWARD

Daphne Woodward

Language: French

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

David John Murray Wright (1920 - 1994)

Language: Old English

Books: L70;  
Zoete
Translator: BERYL DE ZOETE

Beryl de Zoete (1879 - 1962)

Language: Italian

Books: 1460;   2319;  

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