Scope and Content

In addition to writing his own poetry, Edwin Morgan was a renowned translator. He studied French and Russian at university, while educating himself in 'a good bit of Italian and German' as well. Morgan translated from a wide range of languages, including Russian, Hungarian, French, Italian, Latin, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Old English. Many of these are collected in 'Rites of Passage. Selected Translations' (1976). His 1952 translation of 'Beowulf' became a standard in America. Poets whose work EM translated include Eugenio Montale; Salvatore Quasimodo; Angel Flores; Boris Leonidovich Pasternak; Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva; Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky; Attila József and Sándor Weöres.


The contents of this series were selected during cataloguing and arranged broadly chronologically.

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Related Material

MS Morgan P contains ms and ts drafts of some translations. There is some related correspondence in MS Morgan D.

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