|Born||3 January 1912
|Died||19 February 1985
|Occupation||Editor and translator|
Betty Radice (3 January 1912 – 19 February 1985) was a literary editor and translator. She became joint editor of Penguin Classics, and vice-president of the Classical Association. Her English translations of classical and medieval Latin texts were published in the mid-twentieth century.
Born Betty Dawson in Hessle, Yorkshire on 13 January 1912, she was the daughter of William Dawson, a solicitor who was a scholar and musician and active in public life. She had a sister, Nancy, and a brother. Both girls attended Newland High School, Hull. She was granted a scholarship to St Hilda's college, Oxford University, where she read Classics beginning in 1931.
In 1935 she married Italo de Lisle Radice, with whom she would have children, Thomas, Catherine, Teresa, William and John. She became a teacher of classics from this time.
From 1959 she became an assistant to E. V. Rieu, one of the founders of the series of translations, Penguin Classics, which had begun in 1946 with Rieu's translation of Homer's Odyssey. When Rieu retired in 1964, she and Robert Baldick succeeded him as joint editors. When Baldick died in 1972 and his successor C. A. Jones died in 1974, Radice became the sole editor of the series.
She died on 19 February 1985, of a heart attack.
Betty Radice worked as both an editor and a translator. Her works include:
- The Letters of the Younger Pliny
- The Letters of Abelard and Heloise
- The Jewish War
- Rome and Italy: Books VI-X of the History of Rome from Its Foundation
- The Comedies
- Who's Who in the Ancient World
- Phormio & Other Plays.
- The Annual Obituary, 1988, p. 88.
- Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus (1963). The Letters of the Younger Pliny. trans. Betty Radice. London: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-044127-1.
- Abelard and Heloise (1974). The Letters of Abelard and Heloise. trans. Betty Radice. London: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-044297-9.
- Josephus (1984). The Jewish War. trans. Betty Radice. London: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-044420-3.
- Livy (1982). Rome and Italy: Books VI-X of the History of Rome from its Foundation. trans. Betty Radice. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-14-044388-2.
- Terence (1976). The Comedies. trans. Betty Radice. London: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-044324-X.
- Radice, Betty (1976). Who's Who in the Ancient World. London: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-051055-9.
- Terence (1967). Phormio and Other Plays. trans. Betty Radice. London: Penguin Books. ISBN 978-1-199-92194-9.
- M. Wynn, 'Betty Radice: A Memoir', and 'Bibliography', in Radice, William; Reynolds, Barbara, eds. (1987). The Translator's Art: Essays in Honour of Betty Radice. London: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-009226-9., p. 31-42 and p. 263-273.
- Betty Radice papers University of Bristol Library Special Collections
- History of Penguin Classics
- National Portrait Gallery portrait of Betty Radice
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