About Emily Wilson
Emily Wilson is professor of Classical Studies and graduate chair of the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. In November 2017, W.W. Norton & Company published her translation of the Odyssey, the first known complete translation by a woman in English. Wilson attended Oxford University (Balliol College B.A. 1994 and Corpus Christi College M.Phil. 1996) and Yale University (Ph.D. 2001). In 2006, she was named a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome in Renaissance & Early Modern scholarship. She lives in Philadelphia with her three daughters and three cats.
In November 2017, Wyatt Mason profiled Professor Wilson in The New York Times Magazine. "When I first read these lines early this summer in The Paris Review, which published an excerpt, I was floored. I’d never read an “Odyssey” that sounded like this. It had such directness, the lines feeling not as if they were being fed into iambic pentameter because of some strategic decision but because the meter was a natural mode for its speaker."
Follow Professor Wilson on Twitter @EmilyRCWilson. Professor Wilson frequently tweets about the Odyssey, translation, and her cats.
Additional interviews and profiles of Professor Wilson:
- 2018 Runciman Award interview (May 23, 2018) "An Interview With Emily Wilson" Part One | Part Two
- Ekathimerini.com (May 21, 2018) "Emily Wilson talks about translating ‘The Odyssey’ by Lina Giannarou
- Tor.com (May 3, 2018) "The Voices of The Odyssey: Emily Wilson On Language, Translation, and Culture" by Fran Wilde
- The Uncommon Muse (May 2, 2018) "Emily Wilson: The Classicist Who Translated a New Cultural Landmark" Part One | Part Two
- Chicago Review of Books (January 16, 2018) "How Emily Wilson Translated ‘The Odyssey’" by Amy Brady
- National Public Radio (December 24, 2017) "A Complicated Man, Outlined Clearly In Emily Wilson's New 'Odyssey'" heard on Weekend Edition Sunday with Lauren Frayer
- Vox (November 20, 2017) "Historically, men translated the Odyssey. Here’s what happened when a woman took the job" by Anna North
- Bustle (November 2017) "How Emily Wilson, The First Woman To Translate The Odyssey Into English, Is Rethinking Gender Roles In The Greek Epic" by Charlotte Ahlin
- Daily Stoic (2017) "UPenn Professor Emily Wilson on Seneca, Stoicism and Learning How to Tell the Truth"
- Bookriot (December 4, 2017) "Interview with Emily Wilson on her New Translation of the Odyssey" by Angel Cruz
Recent podcast and radio appearances:
- In All Things Charity Podcast, Episode #57 (April 30, 2018) "The Art & Challenge of Translation with Dr. Emily Wilson"
- Women's Media Center Live with Robin Morgan (February 18, 2018) WMC Live #237
- Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, (February 13, 2018) Talk and Q&A
- BBC Radio 3: Arts and Ideas (January 9, 2018) "Landmark: The Odyssey" with Amit Chaudhuri, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Daniel Mendelsohn and Emily Wilson and host Philip Dodd.
- The Endless Knot Podcast (January 3, 2018) "Episode 50: Translating the Odyssey, with Emily Wilson
- Forma (December 4, 2017) "Emily Wilson on Translating the Odyssey"
- The Slate Culture Gabfest (November 15, 2017) "Tell Me About A Complicated Man Edition"