Emily Wilson (classicist)

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Emily Wilson
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Wilson in 2015
Emily Rose Caroline Wilson

1971 (age 47–48)
Oxford, United Kingdom
EducationBalliol College, Oxford
Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Yale University
OccupationScholar, professor, writer, translator, poet

Emily Rose Caroline Wilson (born 1971) is a British classicist and Professor of Classics at the University of Pennsylvania.[1] She is the author of three books and in 2017 became the first woman to publish a translation of Homer's Odyssey into English.[2]

Life and Career[edit]

Wilson "comes from a long line of academics",[3] including both her parents, A. N. Wilson[4] and Katherine Duncan-Jones,[5] her uncle, and her maternal grandparents, including Elsie Duncan-Jones.[3] Her sister is the food writer Bee Wilson.[6]

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.[1]

In 2006, she was named a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome in Renaissance & Early Modern scholarship (Rome Prize).[7]

Wilson is a book reviewer for The Times Literary Supplement,[8] the London Review of Books,[9] and The New Republic.[10] She is the classics editor for the Norton Antholog[ies] of World Literature and Western Literature.[11][12]



Critical studies and reviews of Wilson's work[edit]

The Odyssey (2017)


  1. ^ a b Emily R. Wilson, University of Pennsylvania.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b Wyatt Mason, "The First Woman to Translate the 'Odyssey' into English", New York Times, 2 November 2017.
  4. ^ Wesley Yang "'Highbrow Fight Club'", New York Observer, 20 December 2004
  5. ^ Matthew Reisz "The family business", Times Higher Education, 26 July 2012
  6. ^ "Beatrice D. Wilson (I18438)", Stanford.edu
  7. ^ "American Academy of Rome; Fellows – Affiliated Fellows – Residents 1990–2010". Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Search TLS Online Archive". Timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Search · LRB". lrb.co.uk. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  10. ^ https://newrepublic.com/authors/emily-wilson.
  11. ^ "The Norton Anthology of Western Literature". wwnorton.com. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  12. ^ "The Norton Anthology of World Literature". wwnorton.com. Retrieved 27 July 2015.