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Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson is professor of classical studies and graduate chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and 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 and Early Modern scholarship, and in 2019 was named a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In addition to The Odyssey, she has published translations of Euripides, Sophocles, and Seneca. Among her other books are Mocked with Death: Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton; The Death of Socrates: Hero, Villain, Chatterbox, Saint; The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca; and Faithful, a book about translation. Wilson is an editor of The Norton Anthology of World Literature and an advisory editor of the Norton Library.

Awards

Shortlisted — American Literary Translators Association National Translation Award, 2018

Commended — New York Times Notable Selection, 2018

Books by Emily Wilson

  • 9780393089059 72

    The Odyssey

    Homer, Emily Wilson

    Hardcover, 2017

    A lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s "nimble gallop" and brings an ancient epic to new life.
  • 9780393356250 72

    The Odyssey

    Homer, Emily Wilson

    Paperback, 2018

    A lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s "nimble gallop" and brings an ancient epic to new life.
  • 9780393655063 72

    The Odyssey

    Homer, Emily Wilson

    First Edition, Paperback, 2020

    “A revelation. Never have I been so aware at once of the beauty of the poetry, the physicality of Homer’s world, and the moral ambiguity of those who inhabit it.” —Susan Chira, The New York Times...
  • 9780393417937 72

    The Odyssey

    Homer, Emily Wilson

    Paperback, 2020

    A lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s "nimble gallop" and brings an ancient epic to new life.
  • 9780393427936 72

    Metamorphoses

    Ovid, Charles Martin, Emily Wilson

    Paperback, 2021