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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
Jorge Luis Borges 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 ...more

Nostradamus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Translators
Nostradamus 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 ...more

Charles Baudelaire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Translators
Charles Baudelaire 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, ...more

Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Translators
Anthony Burgess 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, ...more

Whittaker Chambers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Translators
Whittaker Chambers Whittaker Chambers, born Jay Vivian Chambers and also known as David Whittaker Chambers, was an American writer and editor. After his early years as a Communist Party USA member and Soviet spy, ...more

Samuel Beckett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Translators
Samuel Beckett Samuel Barclay Beckett was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. His work ...more

Fernando Pessoa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Translators
Fernando Pessoa Fernando Pessoa, born Fernando António Nogueira Pessôa, was a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher, described as one of the most ...more

Alan Hollinghurst is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Translators
Alan Hollinghurst Alan James Hollinghurst FRSL is an English novelist, poet, short story writer and translator. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1989 Somerset Maugham Award, the 1994 James ...more

Bruce Benderson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Translators
Bruce Benderson Bruce Benderson is an American author, born to Jewish parents of Russian descent, who lives in New York. He attended William Nottingham High School in Syracuse, New York and then Binghamton ...more

Paul Bowles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Translators
Paul Bowles Paul Frederic Bowles was an American expatriate composer, author, and translator. He became associated with Tangier, Morocco, where he settled in 1947 and lived for 52 years to the end of his ...more

Hitoshi Igarashi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Translators
Hitoshi Igarashi Hitoshi Igarashi was a Japanese scholar of Arabic and Persian literature and history and the Japanese translator of Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses.

Ali Khamenei is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Translators
Ali Khamenei Ali Hosseini Khamenei is the second and current Supreme Leader of Iran and a Muslim Cleric. Ali Khamenei succeeded Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the Iranian Revolution, after Khomeini's ...more

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Gao Xingjian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Translators
Gao Xingjian Gao Xingjian is a Chinese émigré novelist, playwright, and critic who in 2000 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature “for an oeuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and ...more

Daryl Hine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Translators
Daryl Hine William Daryl Hine was a Canadian poet and translator.

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Translators
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar CIE, born Ishwar Chandra Bandopadhyay, was an Indian Bengali polymath and a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance. He was a philosopher, academic educator, writer, ...more

Adolfo Bioy Casares is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Translators
Adolfo Bioy Casares Adolfo Bioy Casares was an Argentine fiction writer, journalist, and translator. He was a friend and frequent collaborator with his fellow countryman Jorge Luis Borges, and wrote what many ...more

Samuil Marshak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Translators
Samuil Marshak Samuil Yakovlevich Marshak Russian: Самуи́л Я́ковлевич Марша́к; 3 November [O.S. 22 October] 1887 – 4 July 1964 was a Russian and Soviet writer, translator and children's poet. He translated the ...more

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Stefan George is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Translators
Stefan George Stefan Anton George was a German poet, editor, and translator.

Dorothy L. Sayers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Translators
Dorothy L. Sayers Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best ...more

Czesław Miłosz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Translators
Czesław Miłosz Czesław Miłosz was a Polish poet, prose writer, translator and diplomat of Lithuanian origin. His World War II-era sequence, The World, is a collection of twenty naive poems. Following the war, ...more

Carmen Zapata is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Translators
Carmen Zapata Carmen Margarita Zapata was an American actress. Zapata was born in New York City to a Mexican father and an Argentine mother. Zapata made her Broadway debut in the chorus of Oklahoma! in 1946. ...more

John Dos Passos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Translators
John Dos Passos John Roderigo Dos Passos was a radical American novelist and artist active in the first half of the twentieth century. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and he went on to Harvard College, ...more

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X. J. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Translators
X. J. Kennedy X. J. Kennedy is a poet, translator, anthologist, editor, and author of children's literature and textbooks on English literature and poetry. He was long known as Joe Kennedy; but, wishing to ...more

Douglas Gordon Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Translators
Douglas Gordon Jones Douglas Gordon Jones is a Canadian poet, translator and educator. Born in Bancroft, Ontario, Jones was educated at a private school in Quebec's Eastern Townships, at McGill University and at ...more

Peter Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Translators
Peter Cole Peter Cole is an American Jewish poet who lives in Jerusalem and New Haven.

Julio Cortázar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Translators
Julio Cortázar Julio Cortázar, born Jules Florencio Cortázar, was an Argentine novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Known as one of the founders of the Latin American Boom, Cortázar ...more

Mark Strand is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Translators
Mark Strand Mark Strand was a Canadian-born American poet, essayist and translator. He was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1990 and received the Wallace Stevens ...more

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Eleftherios Venizelos is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Translators
Eleftherios Venizelos Eleftherios Venizelos was an eminent Greek leader of the Greek national liberation movement and a charismatic statesman of the early 20th century remembered for his promotion of ...more

Wojciech Młynarski is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Translators
Wojciech Młynarski Wojciech Młynarski is a Polish singer, songwriter and translator. A well known figure on the Polish musical scene, he is most famous for his ballads and what is known as sung poetry, as well as ...more

János Arany is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Translators
János Arany János Arany, was a Hungarian journalist, writer, poet, and translator. He is often said to be the "Shakespeare of ballads" – he wrote more than 40 ballads which have been ...more

Henry Cary is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Translators
Henry Cary Rev. Henry Francis Cary was a British author and translator, best known for his blank verse translation of The Divine Comedy of Dante.

Cesare Pavese is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Translators
Cesare Pavese Cesare Pavese was an Italian poet, novelist, literary critic and translator. He is widely considered among the major authors of the 20th century in his home country.

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Isaiah Berlin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Translators
Isaiah Berlin Sir Isaiah Berlin OM, CBE, FBA was a Russo-British Jewish social and political theorist, philosopher and historian of ideas, "thought by many to be the dominant scholar of his ...more

Clifford Bax is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Translators
Clifford Bax Clifford Bax was a versatile English writer, known particularly as a playwright, a journalist, critic and editor, and a poet, lyricist and hymn writer. He also was a translator. The composer ...more

Walter Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Translators
Walter Benjamin Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin was a German philosopher and cultural critic. An eclectic thinker, combining elements of German idealism, Romanticism, historical materialism, and Jewish ...more

Pentti Saarikoski is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Translators
Pentti Saarikoski Pentti Saarikoski was one of the most important poets in the literary scene of Finland during the 1960s and 1970s. His body of work comprises poetry and translations, among them such classics as ...more

Roxana Saberi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Translators
Roxana Saberi Roxana Saberi is a freelance journalist.

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J. Cohen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Translators
J. Cohen J. M. Cohen was a prolific translator of European literature into English. Born in London, he was a graduate St. Paul's School and Queen's College of Cambridge University. After working in his ...more

Haruki Murakami is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Translators
Haruki Murakami Haruki Murakami is a contemporary Japanese writer. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work being translated into 50 languages and selling ...more

Odd Børretzen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Translators
Odd Børretzen Odd Lunde Børretzen was a Norwegian author, illustrator, translator, and one of the most significant text writers, folk singers and artists in Norway.

Feng Zikai is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Translators
Feng Zikai Feng Zikai was an influential Chinese painter and pioneering manhua artist.

Louis Adamic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Translators
Louis Adamic Louis Adamic was a Slovene-American author and translator, mostly known for writing about and advocating for ethnic diversity of America.

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Gerrit Komrij is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Translators
Gerrit Komrij Gerrit Jan Komrij was a Dutch poet, novelist, translator, critic, polemic journalist and playwright. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s writing poetry that sharply contrasted with the ...more

Lawrence Schimel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Translators
Lawrence Schimel David Laurents is a writer.

Bernard Comment is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Translators
Bernard Comment Bernard Comment is a screenwriter.

Leah Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Translators
Leah Goldberg Lea Goldberg was a prolific Hebrew-language poet, author, playwright, literary translator, and comparative literary researcher. Her writings are considered classics of Israeli literature.

Charles Simic is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Translators
Charles Simic Dušan "Charles" Simić is a Serbian-American poet and was co-poetry editor of the Paris Review. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 for The World Doesn't End, and was a ...more

Wisława Szymborska is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Translators
Wisława Szymborska Maria Wisława Anna Szymborska was a Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Prowent, which has since become part of Kórnik, she ...more

Yoel Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Translators
Yoel Hoffmann Yoel Hoffmann is a contemporary Israeli Jewish author, editor, scholar and translator. He is currently a professor of Japanese poetry, Buddhism, and philosophy at the University of Haifa in ...more

Gregory Rabassa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Translators
Gregory Rabassa Gregory Rabassa is a prominent literary translator from Spanish and Portuguese to English.