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Collected Translations showcases the entire translation career of David Wevill in a single volume for the first time. In addition to the poems of Charles Baudelaire, Fernando Pessoa, San Juan de la Cruz, Alberto de Lacerda, and Pindar, this collection represents Wevill’s seminal translation of Hungarian poet Ferenc Juhász’s “The Boy Changed into a Stag Clamors at the Gate of Secrets,” one of the major poetic achievements in postwar European poetry.
David Wevill was born a Canadian in Yokohama, Japan, where his family had been living for two generations, in 1935. The family left for Canada before the outbreak of World War II. Wevill grew up in Canada, and moved to England during the 1950s, read History and English at Caius College, Cambridge, and gained a reputation as a premier young poet in the 1960s. He lived in London where he was association with The Group, a gathering of young poets who met frequently to discuss their work. He moved to Texas in the late 1960s, where he co-edited Delos: A Journal on and of Translation and taught at the University of Texas at Austin until his retirement. His poetry was first showcased in the Penguin Modern Poets series and has since been awarded with an Arts Council Book Prize, the Richard Hillary Prize, two Arts Council Poetry Bursaries, an E. C. Gregory Trust Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Poetry (Chicago), Harper’s, The Listener, The Observer, The Spectator, and on the BBC. Wevill lives in Austin, Texas.