Edward Fairfax (1580? – 27 January 1635) was an English translator.
His translation of Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered, for which he is best known, is considered a masterpiece, one of the comparatively few translations which in themselves are literature. It was highly praised by Dryden and Waller. The first edition appeared in 1600, and was dedicated to Queen Elizabeth I of England. Fairfax also wrote a treatise on demonology, in which he was a devout believer.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Cousin, John William (1910). "Fairfax, Edward". A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: J. M. Dent & Sons. Wikisource
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. .
- Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. .
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