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List of famous translators, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top translators in the world? This includes the most prominent translators, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable translators is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic translators were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned translators.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known translators to the lesser known translators of today, these are some of the best professionals in the translator field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous translators ever?" and "What are the names of famous translators?" then you're in the right place. 
Jorge Luis Borges is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Translators
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Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges KBE, was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature. His work embraces the "character of unreality in all literature". His best-known books, Ficciones and El Aleph, published in the 1940s, are ...more

Age: Died at 87 (1899-1986)

Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Profession: Librarian, Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, + more

Credits: Invasión, Death and the Compass, The Spider's Stratagem, Los Cuentos de Borges: El Sur, Ghazal, + more

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#75 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#93 on The Best Fantasy Authors

#70 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#8 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

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Nostradamus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Translators
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Michel de Nostredame, usually Latinised as Nostradamus, was a French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide. He is best known for his book Les Propheties, the first edition of which appeared in 1555. Since the publication of this ...more

Age: Died at 63 (1503-1566)

Birthplace: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France

Profession: Author, Translator, Apothecary

Credits: Prophecies of Nostradamus

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#38 on Famous Supernatural Writers

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Charles Baudelaire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Translators
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Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal, expresses the changing nature of beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th century. Baudelaire's ...more

Age: Died at 46 (1821-1867)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Poet, Art critic, Essayist, Translator, Writer

Credits: Les dites cariatides, The Dancing Snake

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#12 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#3 on The Best French Authors

#1 on The Best French Language Poets of All Time

#12 on The Best Romantic Era Poets

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Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Translators
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John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL – who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess – was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Catholic family in Manchester, he eventually became one of the best known English literary figures of the latter half of the twentieth ...more

Age: Died at 76 (1917-1993)

Birthplace: Harpurhey, Greater Manchester, North West England, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories

Profession: Educationalist, Linguist, Poet, Librettist, Novelist, + more

Credits: A Clockwork Orange, Moses the Lawgiver, Cyrano de Bergerac, Vinyl, 1984: A Personal View of Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty Four', + more

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#19 on The Best Catholic Authors

#69 on The Best Historical Fiction Writers of All Time

#24 on The Most Unbearably Pretentious Authors In Literary History

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