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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 compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes, including dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, fictional writers, philosophy, and religion. Borges's works have contributed to philosophical literature and also to the fantasy genre. Critic Ángel Flores, the first to use the term magical realism to define a genre that reacted against the dominant realism and naturalism of the 19th ...more

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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 book, which has rarely been out of print since his death, Nostradamus has attracted a following that, along with much of the popular press, credits him with predicting many major world events. Most academic sources maintain that the associations made between world events and Nostradamus's quatrains are largely the result of misinterpretations or mistranslations or else are so tenuous as to render ...more

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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 highly original style of prose-poetry influenced a whole generation of poets including Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and Stéphane Mallarmé among many others. He is credited with coining the term "modernity" to designate the fleeting, ephemeral experience of life in an urban metropolis, and the responsibility art has to capture that experience. ...more

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#6 on The Best French Authors

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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 century. Although Burgess was predominantly a comic writer, his dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange remains his best known novel. In 1971 it was adapted into a highly controversial film by Stanley Kubrick, which Burgess said was chiefly responsible for the popularity of the book. Burgess produced numerous other novels, including the Enderby quartet, and Earthly Powers, regarded by most critics as his ...more

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