Emily Wilson

About Emily Wilson

Photo by  Kyle Cassidy

Photo by Kyle Cassidy

Emily Wilson is professor of Classical Studies and graduate chair of the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. Wilson attended Oxford University (Balliol College B.A. and Corpus Christi College M.Phil.) and Yale University (Ph.D.). In 2006, she was named a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome in Renaissance & Early Modern scholarship and in 2019 she was named a MacArthur Fellow. 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.

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Emily Wilson reads Book 1 from her translation of The  Odyssey  at the  Deep Water Literary Festival  in Narrowsburg, New York. (Photo by  Edward Marrit . Shadow puppets by Manon Manavit.)

Emily Wilson reads Book 1 from her translation of The Odyssey at the Deep Water Literary Festival in Narrowsburg, New York. (Photo by Edward Marrit. Shadow puppets by Manon Manavit.)