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Edwin Honig

Edwin Honig (1919-2011), poet and translator, published ten books of poetry, eight books of translation, five books of criticism, and three books of plays. He died at 91 on May 25, 2011. He taught at Harvard and Brown (1957-1982), where he started the Creative Writing Program. Among his numerous awards were grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, Mishkenot Sha’Anamin, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy and institute of Arts and Letters. Mr. Honig wrote the first critical study of Federico Garcia Lorca (1944) and was among the first to introduce the Portuguese poet, Fernando Pessoa, to the English speaking world. His translations of six Caldedrón plays (1994 (several licensed by Samuel French) and, jointly with Alan Trueblood, Lope de Vega’s La Dorotea (1985) are considered the definitive English texts of those Spanish Renaissance writers, as is his Dark Conceit a groundbreaking work in literary criticism. Additionally, he has rendered English versions of the poetry of Miguel Hernández (1990), Garcia Lorca (1990), and of Cervantes’ Eight Interludes (1964). As practitioner of the art, Mr. Honig published a series of interviews with fellow translators, The Poet’s Other Voice (1986). For his translations, Mr. Honig was knighted by the President of Portugal in 1986 and similarly by the King of Spain in 1996. A film of Mr. Honig's last years was presented at the Lincoln Center Film Festival in September 2012. That film was shown on HBO and is available for purchase at Amazon. It was short-listed for an Oscar.


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