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Tonight a conversation with Emily Wilson, translator of a beautiful new edition of Homer’s The Odyssey. Feb. 1, 2018

February 1, 2018

When I was eight years old, my primary school put on a production of a (much-shortened) Odyssey, complete with costumes, song, and dance. The play starred the cute troublemaker in my class as Odysseus, the headmaster of the school as Polyphemus (the one-eyed monster outwitted by his tiny opponents), and me in pigtails as the goddess Athena.

It was a turning point in my life.

from Emily Wilson’s Translator’s Note for The Odyssey

One of the first things I usually ask all my guests on Graffiti is what I call “The life-path” question: “How have you gotten to where you are today?” Or: “Was there something—an event, maybe—that made you want to become a classicist?”

In many cases their first response is that there was no “turning point”, but when pressed (and I do press) there’s almost always “something”—as shown here in Emily’s case—that made them choose the path they eventually ended up taking.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Emily Wilson on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the CosmosFM website. Or use the TuneIn app on your smart device.

ALSO: Please be aware that Emily will be at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY, tomorrow night—Friday, February 2, 2018—to talk about her wonderful new translation of The Odyssey. For more information please call the Center at 914.332.5953 or go to the website for ticket information. SEATING IS LIMITED!

CLICK HERE for the publisher’s page for this translation of Homer’s The Odyssey.

CLICK HERE for a variety of press information concerning The Odyssey.

CLICK HERE for A Translator’s Reckoning With the Women of the Odyssey an article by Emily Wilson for The New Yorker (December 8, 2017).

CLICK HERE for Emily’s wikipedia page.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. billbuschel permalink*
    September 13, 2018 10:48 am

    Reblogged this on Just My Eyes and commented:

    I really enjoyed my conversation with Emily Wilson from earlier this year so I thought it was time to air it again.



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