Friday, March 28, 2008

Robert Fagels

TEV notes that Robert Fagles, noted academic, poet and translator of many classic texts, has passed.

"When I came to Princeton in 1976, in the heady days of literary theory, Bob was following an independent line," said Lionel Gossman, the M. Taylor Pyne Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Emeritus. "His relation to the texts he studied and taught and loved was more practical than theoretical. His way of getting to the inner shape and meaning of a text was to recreate it, not to apply theories to it or use it to illustrate theories. In the last 20 years or so especially, his extraordinary talent as a translator -- his translations of Greek and now Latin classics have become classics in their own right -- won him universal recognition and many honors. It is typical of him that he shared his pleasure in this ever-increasing success and celebrity with his friends and made us all feel somehow party to it."

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