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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 about 270 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

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
D114
Translator: ANNE PENNINGTON

Language: Serbian

Books: D114#
S263
Translator: MICHAEL PERL

Language: French

Books: S263
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
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: PS150
R25
Translator: SIEGBERT SOLOMON PRAWER

S. S. Prawer (1925 - 2012)

Language: German

Books: R25
A710
Translator: TREVOR S. PRESTON

Language: Dutch

Books: A710
L127
Translator: BETTY RADICE

Betty Radice (1912 - 1985)

Language: Latin

Books: L127L156
330
Translator: GEORGE RAWLINSON

George Rawlinson (1812 - 1902)

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: 330396
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: Y10Z18
L105
Translator: BARBARA REYNOLDS

Barbara Reynolds (1914 - )

Language: Italian

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

Language: French

Books: S215
L1
Translator: E. V. RIEU

E. V. Rieu CBE (1887 - 1972)

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L1L14L32L56L85SE18USA-P21USA-613

Language: Latin

Books: L8
PS131
Translator: DORA ROUND

Language: Dutch

Books: PS131
NG10
Translator: AUBREY RUSH

Language: Danish

Books: NG10
NG5
Translator: DAVID RUSH

Language: Swedish

Books: NG5NG6
L15
Translator: ALAN RUSSELL

Language: French

Books: L15
1363
Translator: NIGEL RYAN

Nigel Ryan CBE (1929 - 2014)

Language: French

Books: 1363141914561854
739
Translator: GEOFFREY SAINSBURY

Language: French

Books: 7398268561223122412251328
L100
Translator: N. K. SANDARS

Language: Sumerian and Babylonian

Books: L100
L6
Translator: DOROTHY L. SAYERS

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893 - 1957)

Language: Italian

Books: L6L46L105 (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: L102L158
2571
Translator: HELEN SEBBA

Language: French

Books: 2571
L34
Translator: AUBREY DE SÉLINCOURT

Aubrey de Sélincourt (1894 - 1962)

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L34L81

Language: Latin

Books: L104L145
802
Translator: PAUL SELVER

Paul Selver (1888 - 1970)

Language: Czech

Books: 802S37US-S211

Language: French

Books: S3
1313
Translator: ROGER SENHOUSE

Roger Henry Pocklington Senhouse (1899 - 1970)

Language: French

Books: 131313591830 (with Yvonne Moyse); 
L169
Translator: E. R. A. SEWTER

Language: Italian

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

Language: French

Books: L30L61L124
L27
Translator: LEO SHERLEY-PRICE

Language: Latin

Books: L27L42

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); 
L125
Translator: T. A. SINCLAIR

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L125
L2
Translator: H. N. P. SLOMAN

Language: French

Books: L2L20L65L115L161#
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); 
2024
Translator: JEAN STEWART

Language: French

Books: 202424712503
L92
Translator: BRIAN STONE

Brian Ernest Stone (1919 - 1995)

Language: Old English

Books: L92L144
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: 62415211823
L13
Translator: L. W. TANCOCK

Language: French

Books: L13L45L95L120L134L173#
NG2
Translator: ROGER TANNER

Language: Swedish

Books: NG2NG3NG9NG13
NG4
Translator: JOHN TATE

Language: Danish

Books: NG4
PS52
Translator: EDGAR TAYLOR

Edgar Taylor (1793 - 1839)

Language: German

Books: PS52
D95
Translator: GEORGE THEINER

Language: Czech

Books: D95 (with Ian Milner); 
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
L37
Translator: HUGH TREDENNICK

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L37
1797
Translator: UNA VINCENZO TROUBRIDGE

Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge (1887 - 1963)

Language: Italian

Books: 1797
L59
Translator: PAUL TURNER

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L59L117
A519
Translator: ALAN TYSON

Alan Tyson (1926 - 2000)

Language: German

Books: A519
L31
Translator: PHILIP VELLACOTT

Philip Vallacott (1907 - 1997)

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L31L44L67L112L129
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: L029
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: L7L39L84L175#
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: A50A52A69
L3
Translator: E. F. WATLING

E. F. Watling (1899 - 1990)

Language: Ancient Greek

Books: L3

Language: Latin

Books: L28L149L174#
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: L135L146L167#
L12
Translator: PHILIP WAYNE

Language: German

Books: L12L93
L153
Translator: J. F. WEBB

Language:

Books: L153
L150
Translator: KENNETH WELLESLEY

Language: Latin

Books: L150
D127
Translator: DAVID WEVILL

David Wevill (1935 - )

Language: Hungarian

Books: D127# (with Edwin Morgan); 
2025
Translator: TONY WHITE

Language: French

Books: 20252638
1501
Translator: PETER WILES

Language: French

Books: 15011841
1520
Translator: EITHNE WILKINS

Language: French

Books: 1520 (with Ernst Kaiser);  1235 (with Ernst Kaiser, and Willa and Edwin Muir); 
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: L90L138
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: L36L89L133
PS184
Translator: KATHERINE WOODS

Katherine Woods (1886 - 1968)

Language: French

Books: PS184
1221
Translator: DAPHNE WOODWARD

Daphne Woodward

Language: French

Books: 122116812023224825262796
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

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




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