Poet David Ferry to Discuss the Art and Practice of Translation
November 29, 2004
Mass. -- David Ferry, a distinguished poet
and literary critic, will read from his translations and discuss
the art and practice of translation at Wellesley College, Wednesday,
December 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. The event
is free and open to the public.
Ferry is the
author of numerous books of poetry and criticism. His most recent
are The Epistles of Horace: A Translation (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2001), The
Odes of Horace: A Translation (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1997), The
Eclogues of Virgil: A Translation (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1999) and Of
No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems (University of Chicago Press, 1999). Ferry is
renowned among his colleagues and former students for his special
gifts as a reader of verse. The evening will provide a privileged
glimpse into the poet-translator's workshop."
Country I Know was awarded the 2000 Lenore Marshall Prize
from the American Academy of Poets and the 2000 Rebekah Johnson
Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress.
His The Georgics of Virgil: A Translation is scheduled to be published
next spring by Farrah Straus and Giroux.
Ferry was a professor at Wellesley from 1952 until 1989 and is
now the Sophie Chantal Hart Professor of English (Emeritus). He
is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the
recipient of numerous other prestigious fellowships and honors,
including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for
Scholarly Research and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry.
The reading and discussion will be the inaugural public event
of the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities, which
was established last year with a $10 million gift from Trustee
Susan Newhouse and her husband, Donald.
Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of English at Wellesley College,
will provide a response to Ferry’s reading
and commentary. His scholarly interests include the theory and
practice of translation and the American literary representation
of language contact.
Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent
liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in
the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate
students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For more information,
go to www.wellesley.edu.