Alistair Elliot

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Alistair Elliot (born 13 October 1932 Liverpool) is a British poet and translator.


He was born in Liverpool, son of a Scottish family doctor and an English mother, and educated at Asheville School, Asheville, North Carolina, Fettes College, Edinburgh, and Christ Church, Oxford.[1]

He was a vegetable invoice clerk in Covent Garden market, night sterilizer in a food factory, waiter, film critic, supply teacher, actor (with the English Children's Theatre under Caryl Jenner) and finally librarian in Kensington, Keele, Shiraz, and lastly at Newcastle University.[2]

His translation of Euripides' Medea was performed in theatres in London and New York in a production by Jonathan Kent with Diana Rigg in the leading rôle.

His poems have appeared in Oxford Poetry,[3] The Paris Review,[4] and many other journals.





  • Euripides (1993). Medea. Translator Alistair Elliot. Oberon Books. 
  • Heinrich Heine (1979). The Lazarus poems. Translator Alistair Elliot. Mid Northumberland Arts Group. 
  • Virgil, John Dryden (1981). Alistair Elliot, ed. The Georgics. Mid Northumberland Arts Group. ISBN 978-0-904790-13-9. 
  • Paul Verlaine (1979). Women-Men. Translator Alistair Elliot. The Sheep Meadow Press. ISBN 978-0-935296-44-0. 
  • French Love Poems. Bloodaxe Books. 1991. ISBN 978-1-85224-169-8. 
  • Italian Landscape Poems. Bloodaxe Books. 1994. ISBN 978-1-85224-247-3. 
  • Paul Valéry (1997). La Jeune Parque. Translator Alistair Elliot. Bloodaxe Books. ISBN 978-1-85224-387-6. 
  • Roman food poems: a modern translation. Translator Alistair Elliot. Prospect Books. 2003. ISBN 978-1-903018-25-5. 
  • Euripides (2008). Phaethon, reconstructed from the fragments. Translator Alistair Elliot. Oberon Books. ISBN 978-1-84002-897-3. 


  • Alistair Elliot, ed. (1970). Poems by James I and Others: from a Manuscript Miscellany in Newcastle University Library:. Eagle Press. ISBN 978-0-9500358-5-7. 


  1. ^ Publications, Europa (2003-01-01). International Who's Who in Poetry 2004. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781857431780. 
  2. ^ Jayyusi, Salma Khadra (1987-01-01). Modern Arabic Poetry: An Anthology. Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231052733. 
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 2016-04-11. 
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