Harry Willetts

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Harry Taylor Willetts (1922 – 7 April 2005) was an English scholar of Russian. A professor of Russian history at Oxford University, he was director of the Russian and East European Centre at St Antony's College, Oxford, where his colleagues included the noted Russian scholars Max Hayward, Harry Shukman and William Deakin. A prolific translator of Russian literature, he is best known for his translations of the works of the Nobel Prize winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn. As a translator, he is often credited as H.T. Willetts.

Willetts studied at The Queen's College, Oxford from 1940 to 1947. He then joined the Foreign Office before joining St Antony's College in 1960.

In 1957 Willetts married his Polish Jewish wife Halina Szenbaum in London.

Willetts was preceded in death by his wife Halina.[1] Their son Sam Willetts is a poet.[2]

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