Emily Wilson (classicist)
Wilson in 2015
Emily Rose Caroline Wilson
1971 (age 47–48)
Oxford, United Kingdom
|Education||Balliol College, Oxford|
Corpus Christi College, Oxford
|Occupation||Scholar, professor, writer, translator, poet|
Emily Rose Caroline Wilson (born 1971) is a British classicist and Professor of Classics at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of three books and in 2017 became the first woman to publish a translation of Homer's Odyssey into English.
Life and Career
Wilson "comes from a long line of academics", including both her parents, A. N. Wilson and Katherine Duncan-Jones, her uncle, and her maternal grandparents, including Elsie Duncan-Jones. Her sister is the food writer Bee Wilson.
A graduate of Balliol College, Oxford in 1992 (BA in Literae Humaniores, Classical Literature and Philosophy), she undertook her Masters in English literature 1500-1660 at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1994) and her Ph.D. (2001) in Classical and Comparative Literature at Yale University.
Wilson is a book reviewer for The Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books, and The New Republic. She is the classics editor for the Norton Antholog[ies] of World Literature and Western Literature.
- Mocked with death : tragic overliving from Sophocles to Milton. Johns Hopkins University Press. 2004.
- "Found in Translation: Reading the classics with help from the Loeb Library", slate, 15 August 2006.
- The Death of Socrates: Hero, Villain, Chatterbox, Saint, Harvard University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-674-02683-4.
- Nikos G. Charalabopoulos, Platonic Drama and its Ancient Reception., review, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2012.12.62.
- "The Origins of Foreigners", review of Rethinking the Other in Antiquity By Erich S. Gruen, The New Republic, 24 August 2012.
- “The Trouble With Speeches: The Birth of Political Rhetoric in an Ancient Democracy”, review of Demosthenes of Athens and the Fall of Classical Greece by Ian Worthington, The New Republic, 27 April 2013.
- The Dramaturgy of Senecan Tragedy by Thomas Kohn, review, Classical Journal, 7 September 2013.
- "Homer's Iliad. Translated by Anthony Verity", review, Translation and Literature volume 22, issue 2; 2013. doi:10.3366/tal.2013.0116.
- Across the Pond – An Englishman’s view of America by Terry Eagleton, review, The Times Literary Supplement, 30 August 2013.
- The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca, Oxford University Press, 2014. ISBN 978-0199926640.
- “Slut-Shaming Helen of Troy”, review of Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation by Ruby Blondell, The New Republic, 26 April 2014.
- In Plain Sight: The life and lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies, review, The Times Literary Supplement, 21 November 2014.
- Seneca, the fat-cat philosopher, review, The Guardian, 27 March 2015.
- The Secret of Rome’s Success, review of SPQR by Mary Beard, The Atlantic, December 2015.
- Six Tragedies, Oxford University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0192807069.
- The Greek Plays, Modern Library/Random House, 2016. [Wilson translated "Helen", "Bacchae", "Trojan Women" and "Electra" in this volume]
- The Odyssey (Homer), W. W. Norton & Company, 2017. ISBN 978-0-393-08905-9.
Critical studies and reviews of Wilson's work
- "The hemlock and the chatterbox", The Times Literary Supplement, Carolyne Larrington, 17 October 2007.
- "Emily Wilson, The Death of Socrates. Profiles in History.", Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Marc Mastrangelo, Dickinson College, 2009.
- "Emily R. Wilson (trans.), Seneca. Six Tragedies.", Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Christopher Trinacty, Oberlin College, 2010.
- "Nero to Zero", Literary Review, Tim Whitmarsh, March 2015.
- "Seneca: A Life review – absorbing account of the philosopher’s life", The Guardian, Christopher Bray, 15 March 2015.
- "Seneca: A Life by Emily Wilson review – temptation and virtue in imperial Rome", The Guardian, Emily Gowers, 4 April 2015.
- "Seneca: A Life by Emily Wilson", Times Higher Education, Barbara Graziosi, 30 April 2015.
- "Women Who Weave: Reading Emily Wilson's Translation of the Odyssey With Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad", Yung In Chae, Eidolon, 16 November 2017.
- "Emily Wilson's 'Odyssey' Scrapes The Barnacles Off Homer's Hull", NPR – Books, Annalisa Quinn, 2 December 2017.
- "The first English translation of 'The Odyssey' by a woman was worth the wait", The Washington Post, Madeline Miller, 16 November 2017.
- "The Odyssey and the Other", The Atlantic, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, December 2017.
- The Odyssey (2017)
- Burrow, Colin (April 26, 2018). "Light through the fog". London Review of Books. 40 (8): 3–7.
- Emily R. Wilson, University of Pennsylvania.
- Mason, Wyatt (2017-11-02). "The First Woman to Translate the 'Odyssey' Into English". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
- Wyatt Mason, "The First Woman to Translate the 'Odyssey' into English", New York Times, 2 November 2017.
- Wesley Yang "'Highbrow Fight Club'", New York Observer, 20 December 2004
- Matthew Reisz "The family business", Times Higher Education, 26 July 2012
- "Beatrice D. Wilson (I18438)", Stanford.edu
- "American Academy of Rome; Fellows – Affiliated Fellows – Residents 1990–2010". Retrieved 15 December 2015.
- "Search TLS Online Archive". Timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
- "Search · LRB". lrb.co.uk. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- "The Norton Anthology of Western Literature". wwnorton.com. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- "The Norton Anthology of World Literature". wwnorton.com. Retrieved 27 July 2015.